By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) turned over 184 core shelter units to families left homeless due to the flooding in Botolan, Zambales in 2009.
The units were constructed through a collaborative project of DSWD and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) dubbed “KiSLAP ng CSAP (Kikilos ang Sandatahang Lakas, Aagapay sa Pabahay ng CSAP).”
CSAP or Core Shelter Assistance Program provides disaster-affected families with environment-friendly and structurally strong housing units that can withstand 220 kilometers per hour wind velocity, earthquakes up to intensity 4 in the Richter scale, and other similar natural hazards.
The housing units were built in relocation sites identified by the local government units (LGUs).
The beneficiaries of the housing program were families whose houses were destroyed in the onslaught of typhoon “Kiko” in 2009.
In March 2017, after the local government of Botolan identified a safe relocation site at Kainomayan Village, the construction of the shelter units started.
In an effort to fast-track the construction, DSWD tapped the help of AFP personnel who continued building the homes in February 2019.
DSWD covered the material cost for the units while AFP deployed additional manpower from their engineering battalion as augmentation support to the workers hired by the local government to build the houses.
Months after the construction was completed, DSWD Secretary Rolando Joselito Bautista distributed the certificates of ownership to the beneficiaries during a turnover ceremony.
Bautista thanked all the agencies and partners who helped in the completion of the housing program.
He said that the KiSLAP ng CSAP could not have been possible without the help of the AFP.
The awarding ceremony was also graced by the members of Neighborhood Association of Core Shelter Assistance Beneficiaries of Botolan and officials and staff from the Philippine Army, DSWD, and local government of Botolan, Zambales.