About 150 teams of summer bayani volunteer-builders to start building houses on April 9, and are expected to finish the construction on April 14.
Working closely with GK organizers, the municipality of Amlan has offered a three hectare lot for the initial 50 houses intended for the victims of typhoon Sendong.
Amlan Mayor Bentham dela Cruz, however said, the lot can accommodate more than 120 houses which the local government unit also plan to serve it to residents living along the riverbanks and beachfronts as the priorities.
Nevertheless, Mayor dela Cruz disclosed that his town has more than 50 informal settlers whom he would like also to be accommodated soon in the project.
The challenge aims to develop a site not only sheltering the homeless but building community for the poor residents in Amlan, the mayor said.
The identified housing lot is located at barangay Tambujangin which estimated to cost at P 4.5 million as counterpart from Amlan LGU.
With only sweat equity from a family-beneficiary, a GK house costs P110,000 per unit with 22 square meter floor area in a 60 sqm lot per area.
The GK has allocated P13 million for the 120 houses for Amlan, aside from the targeted four areas this year in Iligan, Cagayan de Oro, Masbate and Occidental Mindoro.
The five-day challenge aims to address social issues behind poverty through building houses, refurbishing public schools, community health or medical mission, children’s activity, clean up and greening program.
This year’s Bayani Challenge is in support for the “Pilipinas Natin” movement, a government campaign that seeks to harness the spirit of people power to steer the country toward progress.
Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) has led the Pilipinas Natin to encourage volunteerism in nation-building. (www.ugnayan.com)