AFFORDABLE, DECENT HOUSING in urban areas is a rarity, especially to those who belong to the marginalized class. Lorna Sabio is a sari-sari store owner and mother of four children. She and her family used to live in a house made of light materials.
They suffered through extreme heat, noise and constant darkness because their house was built near a tall building.
In February, the entire family moved to a Habitat for Humanity Philippines and South Metro Manila i-Home Foundation house sponsored by DMCI Homes.
Sabio recalls how her family’s quality of life improved in their new home.
“Dito, naging panatag kami. Naging komportable kami. Nakakatulog kami. Malaking pagkakaiba pagdating sa peace of mind.”
[Here, we became secure. We became comfortable. We can sleep. There’s a big difference in terms of peace of mind.]
The Sabio family is one of many families who benefited from DMCI Homes’ partnerships with Habitat for Humanity Philippines, South Metro Manila i-Home Foundation, Gawad Kalinga, CFC ANCOP Rotary Homes and various local government units.
DMCI Homes provides financial support while the LGUs secure the resettlement sites. The non-government organizations oversee the construction and awarding of the housing units and the selected beneficiaries put in the sweat equity.
In 2015 alone, DMCI Homes donated close to P80 million to build resettlement houses in Bohol, Davao, Mandaluyong, Muntinlupa, Paranaque, Pasig and Quezon City.
SEMIRARA MINING AND POWER CORPORATION
Total energy generated during the year was 99,120,633 kWh. More than 10% of the produced electricity (10,383,909 kWh) was consumed by the community.
• Acquired a 200-passenger boat to facilitate access of its employees to services not available on Semirara Island. It started plying the Bulalacao, Mindoro Oriental - Semirara Island, Caluya route in December 2015. Plans are underway to construct a seaport that will further enhance inter-island transport of travelers and goods.
• Supplied materials for the construction of nine housing units for indigent families in Sitio Villaresis and 92 relocation houses in Sitio Sabang. Of the 92 relocation houses, 68 have been completed, and 64 of which are now occupied.
• Operates and maintains a primary care facility on Semirara Island that is classified as an infirmary by the Department of Health. The facility has six medical doctors, a pathologist, five dentists, a medical technologist, a pharmacist, a pharmacy assistant, two x-ray technicians, seven nurses, a midwife, and two nurse aides.
In 2015, the infirmary recorded 13,171 medical and 2,692 dental consultations, 412 physical and pre-employment examinations and 97 successful infant deliveries.
D.M. CONSUNJI, INC.
• Constructed the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish Church along Don Jesus Boulevard in Muntinlupa City for the Roman Catholic Bishop of Parañaque. The church has a total floor area of 2,500 square meters.
BERONG NICKEL CORPORATION
• Royalty shares from its gross production/output have allowed the Tagbanua indigenous peoples (IPs) in Palawan to build a Tribal Hall in barangays Berong and Aramaywan, which are used during their festivities and other events. In 2015 alone, the royalty shares given to the IPs reached P21.3 Million.
MAYNILAD WATER SERVICES, INC.
• Constructed 44 drink-wash areas in populous and resource-deficient public schools in the West Zone to give more students access to clean water
ZAMBALES DIVERSIFIED METALS CORPORATION
• Improved basic health facilities in nine barangays through the construction and repair of health centers, nutrition posts and public toilets
• Constructed a water impounding structure for irrigation of lowland farms in Barangay Lucapon South benefitting around 34 farmers
• Improved community facilities such as community churches and chapels, senior citizen building, multipurpose building, sports facility, barangay roads, waiting shed, barangay halls and community fences