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176 families get new homes in Libmanan

Prelature of Libmanan, Camarines Sur, July 30,2007 - The National Secretariat of Social Action, Justice and Peace turned over 88 duplex units to 176 families in simple yet meaningful rites held at Barangay Castillo, Cabusao, Camarines Sur recently.

The turn-over was witnessed by Libmanan Bishop Prospero Arellano, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Country Representative Michael Frank, NASSA Executive Director Sr. Rosanne Malillin, SPC, the clergy and religious of the prelature and the local government officials.

Sister Rosanne Malillin, SPC, expressed thanks to all who supported the project which began in February 2007, nearly three months after super-typhoon Reming hit the Bicol Region.

The Prelature of Libmanan was one of the four severely affected dioceses when Reming struck the peninsula late last year. St. Bernardine Parish in Cabusao was one of the severely affected areas where more than 2,000 families were left homeless due to strong winds and flooding. Surveys revealed 800 families would need permanent shelter.

Now called “Dusayan Village” taken from the local dialect for sharing one’s treasure to help those in need, the housing project will further strengthen the existing Basic Ecclesial Communities.

Cabusao, incidentally, is one of the pilot parishes of the Social Action Center-Libmanan being supported by NASSA’s BEC-based Integral Evangelization Program.

Livelihood programs may be introduced to Dusayan Village residents soon. (Melo Acuna)