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Build Forward in Building Lives

June 11,2015

“If the Lord does not build the house, In vain do its builders labor”. (Psalm 127)

St. Scholastica’s College Manila in partnership with Ortigas Land and Habitat for Humanity had the Contract Signing and Groundbreaking Ceremony of the Sambayanan ni San Benito Resettlement Project in Brgy. Libertad, Palo, Leyte last May 13, 2015. The ceremony included Time Capsule Laying and Brick Laying to the build forward model house of Ortigas Land which will serve as the office and sleeping quarters for the staff and the sisters. The Local Government Unit of Leyte was represented by Mr. Vincent Emnas, provincial administrator; Mayor Remedios Petilla, municipal Mayor of Palo and Mrs. Darina Romero, barangay captain of Libertad, the site of San Benito Village. Mayor Petilla expressed her gratitude to St. Scholastica’s College Manila for helping the people of Palo build their lives by building their homes.

Mr. Joselito Santos, the Senior Vice President and Real Estate Division Manager from Ortigas and Company expressed their company’s full support to San Benito Resettlement project through their Build Forward architectural designs that aims to survive strong storm packing winds as forceful as that of Yolanda. The Ortigas girls are alumnae of St. Scholastica’s College Manila. 

The Habitat for Humanity Philippines was represented by Charlito Ayco, CEO and Managing Director; Augusto Baltazar, Director, Planning, Design and Construction Quality Assurance and Project Managers Marufelia Dagondon and Allen Carmona. Mr. Ayco highlighted their organization’s commitment to build sustainable communities by providing decent homes for the less privileged in particular to the homeless Yolanda survivors.

Sr. Mary Frances Dizon, OSB, President of St. Scholastica’s College Manila provided the raison d’être of the project. That is to give a definite form to the great commandment of love for God and neighbor. The Sambayanan ni San Benito is indeed a project born out of love by the Scholastican community expressed through volunteerism, generosity and dedication to help survivors of typhoon Yolanda rebuild their lives and community.

Sr. Celine Saplala, OSB, Institutional Social Action Coordinator and Sr. Mary Emmanuel Espera, OSB, College Outreach Coordinator was also present to witness the ceremony.

By: Sr. Mary Emmanuel Espera, OSB
College Outreach Coordinator