• 100 houses to be built for Yolanda survivors in Iloilo


    A non-profit organization will build a hundred houses in a community struck by Super Typhooon Yolanda that are targeted to be completed in March next year.

    Two years after Yolanda struck, the Greg Secker Foundation observed residents in Lemery, Iloilo have not yet recovered from the tragedy.

    With limited funds, the houses destroyed by the super typhoon were not rebuilt and most villagers are living in shanties or temporary shelters constructed from the basic materials salvaged from their destroyed houses.

    The foundation knew that these temporary homes are at risk from further typhoons.

    With this, the Greg Secker Foundation spearheaded the project called “Build a House: Build a Home,” to help build 100 hundred permanent homes with full access to utilities and essential life preserving services for the Yolanda survivors in Lemery.

    “We are targeting to complete the 100 house by March next year,” Greg Secker, the founder of the Greg Secker Foundation, said.

    “We want to make a real impact, and are there building houses strong enough to withstand future typhoons,” he added.

    The local beneficiaries of the project are residents of Capinahan, Lemery, Iloilo. They will be selected based on the following criteria: Extent of atrocity encountered and impact on family unit; Is not a recipient of any housing assistance from the government or non-government organization, either local or international; and Do not have the financial capability to re-build the destroyed house;

    Secker said that identifying who will be the beneficiaries of these houses is a tricky process.

    “We consider their present condition, if they do not have stable homes and incomes. We prioritize those, or if they are single parent, their instability, age, how large their extended family. It’s a tricky process,” he explained.

    Marie Sofie Lien Sorli, foundation coordinator, further explained that they also give a preference to persons with disabilities.

    “We have a different points system. We have a questionnaire. We also look into the condition of the houses, toilet facilities, water condition, sources of electricity. So a lot of different factors come into play,” she said.

    Greg said since the start of the project in April 2014, the foundation already built 20 houses, with the next iteration as well as the selection of beneficiaries are on the way.


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