Gawad Kalinga and DMCI Homes turnover shelters in Paranaque City
All she wanted
was to provide a better life for her family when she moved to Manila from Davao
City. More than two decades and tons of patience, perseverance and faith
later, 49-year-old Rosa Baldelobar finally received what she has been praying
for a better job and a decent home.
Baldelobar recently accepted the key to her new home after major real estate developer DMCI Homes and
non-government organization Gawad Kalinga turned over newly built shelters to a
total of 43 beneficiaries at the Manggahan Kawayanan in Green Marcelo, Sucat,
"Lahat naman ng
tao nangangarap na ma-improve ang buhay. Kaya masayang-masaya ako na natupad na
ang dalangin ko at napabilang ako sa mga nabiyayaan ng bahay ng Gawad Kalinga
at DMCI Homes," enthused the Davaoena in an interview inside her new home.
A widow and a
mother to a teenaged son, Baldelobar narrated that she arrived in Manila in
1989 to work as a maid to help her family in Davao City. When she got
married a few years later, her late husband encouraged her to study dressmaking
that led an opportunity to work in a factory. Knowing the importance of
learning, Baldelobar tried to learn the ropes in a company through
self-study. She now works as an office staff in the barangay's homeowner
Baldelobar, living in a shanty entails a lot of sacrifice, endurance and
courage saying "Napakahirap tumira sa iskwater. Ang polusyon matindi.
Dikit-dikit ang mga bahay tapos yung lugar ko pa katabi ng kanal kaya mabaho.
Pero dahil sa hirap ng buhay, kailangan mong magtiyaga."
ang pagitan ng mga bahay namin kaya maingay. Saka nakakatakot na baka masunog
kasi light material lang ang gamit ng mga bahay tapos tagpi-tagpi pa yung
iba. Nakakatakot lalo na noon gasera lang ang ilaw namin," shared
An active member
of the homeowners association in barangay Manggahan-Kawayanan, Baldelobar
revealed that the solidarity among the residents became the real driving force
behind the community's triumph to acquire the then disputed land which has an
area of more than 20,000 square meters.