By CHRIS V. PANGANIBAN
LA PAZ, Agusan del Sur--- Some 44 families in Barangay Angeles who were displaced by the disastrous floods that hit the province in February this year now lives in decent new homes to a safer relocation area.
The recipients of new wooden shelters were recently moved to a new resettlement area thanks to the joint efforts of the Local Government Unit of La Paz (LGU La Paz), the Provincial Government of Agusan del Sur (PGAS), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
The resettlement project was realized after stakeholders agreed on a joint initiative with the provincial government providing the roofing materials, the LGU La Paz the wood supplies, TESDA trained all the fathers of the recipient families on carpentry skills while DSWD Caraga extended P40,000 as emergency assistance which serves as the “Food for Work” concept until the houses were finished.
Many of the recipients were displaced when their homes were washed out by rampaging floodwaters when flash floods caught thousands of residents by surprised causing a magnitude of calamity in the affected areas.
The resettlement area was located to a safer grounds from what used to be a community living near the river banks and the village was renamed “New Angeles.”
The turnover ceremony was witnessed representatives from PGAS headed by Forester Ronulfo R. Paler, Acting Provincial Administrator and Tirso Gomez, Municipal Administrator of LGU La Paz together with the two SB Member Weng Pilayo and Gomez Junior.
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