Hand over of boxes of medicines for Yolanda Survivors donated by Eleanor Mooney and Friends in USA.(Left to Right) Mr. Alixes Roy T. Lopez, Regional Director of the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board – Central Visayas Region ( HLURB- CVR), Atty. Ria Corazon Golez –Cabrera, HLURB Supervising Commissioner for Central Visayas Region and Miss Siony Sia, President of Mineland Shelter Incorporated.
CEBU, Philippines – Ten months after typhoon Yolanda devastated Eastern Visayas, a team of the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board pledged for the completion of permanent shelters to the victims in Tacloban City.
The team, headed by Ria Golez Cabrera, HLURB supervising commissioner for the Visayas regions went to Barangay Bagacay in Tacloban where 492 beneficiaries of the Brigham Estate Homeowners Association’s typhoon Yolanda community mortgage program were located.
Other members of the team were Alexis Roy Lopez, regional director of HLURB, Engineer Francis Ordeniza, head of the registration, planning and licensing; Engr. Ernesto Tan, technical staff; lawyer Joe Vinson Empaces, homeowners association unit coordinator, Christine Kale Albaladejo, association cluster coordinator.
Part of the visit was the turnover of imported boxes of medicines to Siony Sia, president and chief executive officer of Mineland Shelter Incorporated and community organizer of Brigham. The medicines were donated by Eleanor Mooney and Friends in the USA for Yolanda survivors living at Brigham in Bagacay.
The team also visited Barangay Cabalawan in the northern part of the city to check on the ongoing construction of shelters, also for Yolanda victims.
Lopez told The Freeman that the team tapped the different homeowners associations in the area to ensure the implementation of the government’s resettlement program. “We visited the place to give technical assistance specifically the shelter design as a model community,” he said. Some 18,000 beneficiaries will be served by the housing program.
Lopez said HLURB has already organized and will regulate shelter programs for Yolanda victims.
Rested. Renewed. Reminded.
These are just some of the words that best describe our experience on the 3-day HLURB regional get together and Gender and Development training.
The Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB), in celebration of its 38TH years conducted its annual get together and GAD training last May 21-23, 2014 at the Bohol Divers, Panglao, Bohol. Three (3) regional offices buoyantly participated on the said event; Southern Mindanao Region (SMR), Northern Mindanao Region (NMR) and Central Visayas Region (CVR).
The team visited some of Bohol’s famous tourist attractions such as; Baclayon church, which is one of Philippines National Cultural Treasure; the country’s third National Geological Monument-Chocolate Hills; and the home of the world’s smallest primate, Loboc’s Tarsier Conservation area.
Bohol experience had been more memorable as we experienced Loboc’s famous floating restaurant where varieties of sumptuous seafood delicacies were served and shared by the delegates. And while eating the delectable foods, local artists serenade the team as well as local children who showcased their dance talent through our very own cultural dances.
Prior to the tour the team headed by CVR Director Alixes Roy T. Lopez proceeded to Dao Diamond Hotel to personally send greetings to Gov. Edgardo Chatto of the province of Bohol. The governor was on a rehabilitation meeting then yet gladly welcomed us and wished us blissful experience on the island.
The team also had a social night where all three regions showcase different presentations. SMR in their Muslim dance with a modern twist, NMR in their very own “regional office id” and CVR in their Hawaiian dance, but unlike the ordinary style where women in grass skirts dance the region had it men which hailed them champion.
On top of the fun and leisure, the participants from all regions had been educated by the importance of Gender and Development. GAD Consultant Esther Estrella, gave input on the said topic emphasizing on gender sensitivity and gender equality among men and women.
She also cited R.A. 9710 or the Magna Carta of Women to emphasize women rights. Through the activity, all regions were able to identify issues concerning gender, realizing that even to our very own clients gender bias exists.
RD Lopez and CVR CAO Linella Cuevas were designated to consolidate the issues identified during the training and to give feedback to the Philippine Commission on Women as well as to Central Office on July 31, 2014.
Commissioner Luis A. Paredes was also present on the event and welcomed the participants.
In general the activity was both fun and eye-opening giving those who had been there countless times a refreshing experience and for first timers a warm and unforgettable welcome.
HLURB CVR unites cluster interim officers through the Executive Committee Assembly held last December 13, 2013 at Crown Regency Residences, Guadalupi, Cebu City.
Thirty seven interim officers from the 6 newly organized HOA CLUSTER FEDERATION OF HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATIONS participated on the said assembly. Nine (9) officers from cluster 1 (Cebu City Central), four (4) from cluster 2 (Cebu City South), Seven (7) from cluster 4 (Cebu City North), and four (4) from cluster 5 (Lapu-Lapu City and Cordova),Five (5) from cluster 7 (Mandaue), and Seven (7) from cluster 7 (Cebu Province South). RECOHOA President Bensing Raguindin was also present on the said event.
The assembly was the validation and ratification of the Article of Incorporation of the Federation drafted by the Management committee the day before, December 12.
The event was also a chance for the agency to create an action plan for 2014 that was commonly agreed with the HOAs. The said interim officers are expected to meet again on January 14, 2014 with the rest of HOA members.