BACOLOD CITY: Residents of the island-barangay of Molocaboc in Sagay City, Negros Occidental now have new homes six months after their community was devastated by super typhoon Yolanda.
Last weekend, a total of 324 newly-built and repaired houses were turned over by the Interchurch Organization for Development Cooperation (ICCO) of the Netherlands to residents of Matabas and Molocaboc islets.
ICCO linked up with the ACT Alliance, a consortium of European donors, and Task Force Mapalad, to implement the project.
Of the 324 houses, 146 houses were newly-constructed while the remaining 178 others underwent major repairs.
Molacaboc village chief Antonio Pasaylo said Yolanda destroyed 500 houses and damaged 1,170 others in their area.
If not for the mangroves more houses may have been destroyed, he said.
Also destroyed or partially damaged were fishing boats and other gear.
Primitivo Delmo, who owns 80 percent of the 20-hectare Molocaboc Diot, set aside a small portion of his property for the construction of shelter for families of fishermen.
The simultaneous construction and repair of houses started on the second week of March and completed early this month.
Pasaylo said they are very thankful for numerous NGOs which have responded to their sad plight.
The repair of the 1.2-kilometer foot walk that connects the two islets is expected to start in June in anticipation of the opening of classes.
Before the foot walk was constructed a few years ago, students have to cross the two islets by swimming in order to attend classes. PNA