1 May 2011 – San Fabian, Pangasinan. The project which was born from the devastation of Typhoon Pepeng is nearing its completion. The Holy Family Village which will house twenty-five families who lost their lands and houses by Typhoon Pepeng’s rampaging waters is nearing completion. The basic structures of the first eight row-houses are now standing since the project was started on July of 2010.
The foundation and the lay out of the second row-houses are now being constructed. The houses will be built on three slopes of a hill bought by the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan specifically for the project.
It has been a slow but steady work for the twenty-five family beneficiaries who are providing the labor in building the houses which they will soon occupy. Seeing the first row of houses brings hope and joy to them. The “Food for Work” program has been on-going and is providing the needed continued support for the families.
“Sometimes, we do not know where to get the needed funds, but help would come at the most unexpected time and sources.” Fr. Oliver E. Mendoza, the parish priest of San Fabian, said with regard to the Food for Work component of the project.
“God sends generous people always, all the time”, he further said.
The Franciscan Movement for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (FMJPIC) provides the much needed funds for the materials in building the houses.
The first 8 row-houses located at the topmost level of the Holy Family Village
The second 8 row-houses on the second level of the hill.
(Dado Gerad C. Vallejos is a member of the Parish Ministry of Social Action (MISA). He is Teacher-I at the Longos Central Elementary School, San Fabian, Pangasinan)