The glaring sun was no match for the passion of some 40 radiant women who braved the heat just to help — in their own way — make the country a better, more beautiful place to live in.
Candidates and alumnae of Binibining Pilipinas attended Habitat for Humanity Philippines’ first ever “Women Build,” held last 28 February, Saturday, at Habitat’s Bistekville 4 community in Payatas, Quezon City.
This Valentine’s Day, the Ateneo Junior Marketing Association (AJMA) shared the love by holding “One Big Build” at Habitat for Humanity Philippines’ Bistekville 4 site in Quezon City.
The event gathered 200 volunteers together to put love into action by building homes for a community.
“Valentine’s Day is known as a celebration of love and AJMA have shown that though it takes hands to build a house, it takes hearts to build a home,” Charlie Ayco, Managing Director and CEO of Habitat for Humanity Philippines said.
Now, the people of Aklan have something to look forward to in 2015.
Last December 3, Habitat for Humanity Philippines (HFHP) and Globe Platinum formally broke ground for another school building in the province of Aklan. The province was one of the areas ravaged by Super Typhoon Haiyan (local name: Yolanda) last November 2013.
Dubbed the “Noah’s Ark” building, which will serve not only as a classroom, but likewise as an evacuation center, the building will be constructed on the grounds of Balete Elementary School, is funded by Globe Platinum and constructed by Habitat for Humanity Philippines.
Charlie Ayco, CEO & Managing Director of Habitat said, “present public school buildings are usually not designed to be evacuation centres.” He explained that the concept of the Noah’s Ark was birthed from a need to equip school buildings to also “accommodate evacuees whenever there is an emergency.”
"Habitat for Humanity partners with Taft Properties in building homes for the 2013 earthquake survivors in Bohol"
Leading Cebu-based real estate firm- Taft Properties entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) last Dec 4, 2014 with Habitat for Humanity Philippines to develop and provide simple, decent, and affordable shelter to lower income families belonging to the bottom 30% of the Philippines income distribution sector.
Taft Properties donated PHP 13 Million to help support the advocacy and provide 260 homes in the various barangays affected by the 7.3 magnitude earthquake in Bohol last Oct 15, 2013.
The two women are not related, but their families were brought together by fate: both their families are survivors of Typhoon Haiyan (local name: Yolanda), and were the first beneficiaries of the houses built by Habitat for Humanity Philippines (HFHP) and Lions’ Club International in Barangay 105 San Isidro, Tacloban City.
The Sisons and Longasas completely lost their homes in the storm surge brought about by Typhoon Haiyan last November 2013. The Sisons, who lived in the village of Manlurip in Tacloban City’s San Jose district, took shelter in a neighbor’s house after the storm.