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New homes for the homeless, in Ormoc.

Ormoc City,Leyte - The commemoration of the second year of super typhoon Yolanda that devastated Leyte and Samar has been made more memorable for some 500 families here who will be moving in their new houses at the Buddhist Tzu Chi Great Love City located at Codilla Land, Brgy. Liloan here yesterday.

Tzu Chi Philippines President Alfredo Li formally turned over the keys of the houses to Ormoc City Mayor Edward Codilla in a ceremony witnessed by Palo Archbishop John F.Du and former Foreign Affairs Secretary, Alberto Romulo.

Li said there were 500 families who survived the typhoon moving in to the village. The foundation constructed 2,500 houses on 50 hectares of land donated by Ormoc City Mayor Edward Codilla and wife Engineer Violy Codilla.

Li said he is thankful to the Codilla family for the donation of the land which the couple personally pledged during a trip to Taiwan to meet with Dharma Master Cheng Yen.

"Master Cheng Yen is happy that the Codilla couple donated 50 hectares on which the houses donated by Tzu Chi will house the Yolanda victims in Ormoc City," Li said in his message.

He said the survivors helped in the construction of the houses they now own through a cash-for-work system project.

Palo Archbishop John F. Du said the typhoon became an opportunity and asked the survivors to do their part in safeguarding their new houses.

Du cited the Tzu Chi Foundation for the donation of the houses.

Mayor Codilla said the donation of the land to the foundation is their way of showing their "love" to the people.

He said the city government will be providing electricity and water connections to the new village.

Rogelio Pantig, 24, said his life has changed and his relation with his family has been improved after attending the activities of the foundation.

The Tzu Chi Foundation has also established a village with donated houses in Brgy. San Jose, Palo, Leyte, accommodating also other Yolanda victims in Palo town.


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Publication:Manila Bulletin
Geographic Code:9PHIL
Date:Nov 7, 2015
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