DPWH launches ‘put-a-roof’ program for typhoon Pablo homeless victims

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FUNDS allotted for DPWH Christmas programs shall be used to initiate the agency’s fund raising campaign to purchase galvanized iron (G.I.) sheets for the houses of poor victims of typhoon “Pablo” who were rendered homeless.

DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson, in his memorandum, said that lavish Christmas celebration and activities shall be cancelled and instead donate the funds to the “Put-A-Roof” Outreach Program of the Department. However, Singson said, in the observance of the Yuletide Season, Christmas celebration shall only include thanksgiving mass and simple “salo salo” in their respective offices.

“Building homes to these poor victims will not only provide them with structures as shelters, but, hope and dignity to rebuild their lives,” said Singson.

This year, the DPWH has conducted similar activity in partnership with the Habitat for Humanity when together with members of their families, DPWH officials and employees, led by Secretary Singson, built houses for the informal settlers living in the dangerous areas along waterways who were relocated in Payatas, Quezon City.

Singson also encouraged DPWH employees nationwide to spare some amount of their Christmas celebration budget for the outreach program.

The DPWH is targeting to purchase at least 10,000 pieces of G.I. sheets as their contribution to these homeless victims of the disaster as the Department is calling on their partners in the private sector to participate in this outreach program.

Also, Singson has encouraged the DPWH regional offices and district engineering offices of nearby regions X, XI, XII and XII to conduct volunteer works to rebuild the houses in the disaster stricken areas.

“Together with able members of your family, building houses as volunteers shall be your gift offering to the Child Jesus as He celebrates his birthday,” Singson said to DPWH employees of these field offices.

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