DAVAO City -- Holcim Philippines, Inc. and the Habitat for Humanity Philippines are constructing a new Matigsalug-Manobo tribal village in Marilog District here.
Holcim has donated 142 tons of cement to build the tribal village for 47 Matigsalug-Manobo families, said Holcim Davao plant manager Xavier Kennedy in an interview Thursday.
Kennedy said the donation will be used for the construction of a concrete pathway and other masonry needs for communal facilities in Barangay Baganihan.
The donation is in line with the company’s commitment to support noble efforts related to construction, such as that of Habitat for Humanity Philippines.
Lawyer Abdussabor Sawadjaan Jr., Habitat’s program manager for Davao and Caraga regions, thanked Holcim for their support to the organization and the Matigsalug-Manobo tribe.
“The assistance will uplift the dignity of the project partners to own a simple, decent and resilient housing unit that will enable them to make a home for their family, without fear of being displaced and be vulnerable to any calamities,” he said.
Sawadjaan said the project will adopt a “Single Detached Bamboo Reinforced House” design duly approved by the National Housing Authority and the Department of Public Works and Highways.
”This design is simple, durable and environment-friendly. It is a permanent and structurally sound shelter structure with floor area of 25 square meters with reinforced concrete for column, footing and a roof beam. The design, standards and specifications are in compliance with National Building Code,” he added.
Sawadjaan said he plans to work with the community in developing the tribal village as a tourist destination that will showcase the tribe’s tradition and culture.
The Matigsalug-Manobo tribe expressed their appreciation to Habitat through “bayanihan” activities such as sacking of aggregates and cement and delivery of construction materials to the project site, which is 400 meters away from the giant eagle statue along the Bukidnon-Davao national highway.
The design of the tribal village was culturally inspired, respecting the Matigsalug-Manobo tribe’s affinity to nature.
The tribal village is a collaborative effort of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, BLGU-Baganihan, Matigsalug-Manobo Tribal People Council of Elders, Inc. and supported by the City Government of Davao. (Armando Fenequito/PNA)
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