VSO Bahaginan and partner work to build new homes in Iligan
VSO Bahaginan’s Peacebuilders Community will explore a joint project with local NGO EcoWEB, to utilise the logs that were washed away by flash floods from upper villages of Iligan. The logs will be made into lumber and will be used to build new homes for some of the families that were left homeless by the flooding.
Philippine authorities have given permission to EcoWEB, in Iligan, to lead this project and potential collaborators are now discussing the next steps. The city government has donated a parcel of land for the new settlement.
The project will enlist psychologists, psychiatrists and counselors to provide psychosocial and resettlement support to the typhoon survivors. The project will need architects, engineers, construction experts and planners to help build the houses.
Typhoon Sendong struck from 16-18 December devastating the cities of Iligan and Cagayan de Oro. The logs in Iligan pummeled many flood victims to death at the height of the flash floods. A total of 1,200 are known to have died in the floods.
The illegally cut logs now clog five kilometres of Mindanao's coastline. Volunteers have started scouring the area for suitable lumber.
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Alternatively, if you are in the Philippines you can make a cash donation through VSO Bahaginan Foundation, BDO SA Acct 1630-0381-11 or BPI SA Acct 0273-3551-11.