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"CDO-Foodsphere partners with Habitat to build homes for Yolanda victims"

CDO-Foodsphere Inc. has partnered with Habitat for Humanity Philippines Foundation Inc. to build 50 homes for families affected by super typhoon Yolanda in Tacloban City.

CDO-Foodsphere through its corporate social responsibility arm Odyssey Foundation Inc. (OFI) donated PhP10 million to support Habitat’s home building projects in communities affected by the typhoon which left thousands of families homeless in Tacloban City, Leyte, Samar and other areas in the Visayas on November 8, 2013.

Habitat signed two agreements with CDO-Foodsphere and Odyssey Foundation formalizing their partnership for the home building project and committing a total of P10 million, consisting of P4.5 million and P5.5 million checks, to the capital campaign.

“The proceeds of the donation shall be used by Habitat as funding to help address the core shelter needs of the victims of typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan),” the agreements stated. With each core shelter unit costing P200,000, the P10 million donation of CDO and Odyssey is expected to benefit 50 families in Tacloban City.

“The partnership aims to provide decent housing for the affected families after typhoon Yolanda’s rage in their community. Through the joint effort, normal living condition in the community is hoped to be restored,” CDO-Foodsphere President Jerome Ong said.

“This is our own little way of helping the rehabilitation efforts for the typhoon victims,” said Ong.

Odyssey Foundation raised Php 4.5 Million from a fund raising campaign in November 2013 to January this year, with the support of friends, employees and business partners. CDO donated an additional P5.5 Million, bringing the total donation to P10 million.

Habitat committed to follow high standards in building houses, meaning the units are safe and decent and can withstand an Intensity 9 earthquake and winds up to 275 kilometers per hour.

“We welcome CDO-Foodsphere as our partner in community development,” says Habitat for Humanity Philippines CEO & Managing Director Charlie Ayco. “We look forward to finishing the 50 homes they have donated very soon so that affected families of Typhoon Haiyan can start rebuilding their lives. As we continue to build safe and decent houses, we are also moving toward building sustainable communities and transforming lives. We believe that together with CDO-Foodsphere, we will be able to achieve this goal.” ends Ayco.