CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY — Holcim Philippines in partnership with United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat), and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) have built over 200 houses for families displaced by the conflict in Marawi City.
Some 1,275 individuals, who were displaced during the 2017 siege, stand to become homeowners.
The construction of 200 houses is part of the Phase-1 of the project the UN-Habitat in partnership with the Government of Japan, the Task Force Bangon Marawi, and the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development. The next phases will commence next year.
The project is part of a multisectoral effort to rebuild Marawi after a devastating conflict three years ago that displaced close to 80,000 families.
UN-Habitat together with the Japanese government is helping build 1,500 permanent shelters and community infrastructure as well as providing livelihood support.
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Cara Ramirez, Holcim Philippines Vice President for Communications, said: “In this time of great challenge across the nation, we continue to implement corporate citizenship programs under our Holcim HELPS campaign.”
The campaign, she explained, is part of the company’s “commitment to be a partner for progress of our communities and the country.”
“May these pockets of hopeful and positive developments remind us that we can recover and start anew. Again, a big thanks to our partners for involving us in this important project to help the people of Marawi get back on their feet.”
“UN-Habitat’s partnership with LafargeHolcim has benefited our partner homeowners associations, composed of families displaced by the Marawi siege, through TESDA-certified training which developed skills among the graduates who are now equipped with skills that they can use even after the project,” Christopher Rollo, UN-Habitat Country Programme Manager, said.
The company, according Holcim Philippines Senior Vice President for Sales William Sumalinog, has committed to provide “reliable cement supply for the rehabilitation of Marawi.”
“We are happy to know about the steady progress of Marawi,” he said.
The company, he said, is in the position to support the reconstruction of Marawi. Holcim’s plant is in Lugait, Misamis Oriental, which is proximate to Marawi.
“We are also ready to support all our partners in Mindanao as they implement construction projects that will help us recover from this year’s challenges and be more resilient moving forward,” he added.
Holcim Philippines signed the partnership with UN-Habitat and TESDA on September 20, 2019.
UN-Habitat identified and selected the participants from affected communities, while our Holcim funded the construction competency courses on masonry and carpentry of the 116 workers.
TESDA administered the training and certified those who pass the course as certified skilled workers. (amm/Alvin Marayan)