August 02, 2018
DMCI Homes employees, unit owners link hands for community building
United by a culture of building
communities, some 70 volunteer employees and residents of DMCI Homes
condominium projects recently gathered together for a house-painting activity
for the benefit of residents of Gawad Kalinga’s Manggahan-Kawayanan Village
located in Barangay Marcelo Green, Parañaque City.
Held last July 7, the volunteers helped
spruce up a total of 26 housing units in the corporate social responsibility
(CSR) activity organized by DMCI Homes together with Gawad Kalinga. The 26 beautified homes were among the 93
socialized housing units donated by the leading resort-inspired community
developer to Gawad Kalinga in Parañaque City.
Von Castor, a business process manager
at the DMCI Homes Property Management Corporation (DPMC) said he didn’t
hesitate to volunteer knowing the activity’s impact to community building.
“We, at the DPMC, we’re after community
building. So we’re very happy that we were part of this activity. It may just
be a house-painting activity but there’s a deeper meaning behind it,” Castor
“Of course before you build a community,
you first build a home. We hope na yung pinagpaguran namin, pinaghirapan namin
maging ‘home’ siya para sa beneficiary na family,” he explained.
Volunteers help spruce up a total of 26 housing units donated by DMCI Homes.
Dubbed as DMCI Homes-Gawad Kalinga House
Painting Activity, the volunteers formed groups of five and were given
materials before they were assigned to a housing unit. Together, they helped apply primer on 15
housing units and colored 11 others slated for turnover.
A fixture in DMCI Homes CSR activities,
Alan Domingo of the Purchasing Department likewise shared his favorite part of
the house-painting activity.
“Pinakagusto kong part ng activity yung
medyo pa-ending na kasi nakikita mo na yung pinaghirapan mo. It’s very
fulfilling. Masarap sa pakiramdam kasi nakatulong ka sa ibang tao,” the
procurement officer related.
Volunteer unit owners, meanwhile, were
elated that DMCI Homes opened up an opportunity to help the underprivileged
through the activity.
“I’ve been wanting to join a house
building and house painting activity. Luckily and fortunately, DMCI Homes
organized this kind of outreach program for the less privileged,” said Rhapsody Residences unit owner Christabelle Matoza.
“So happy naman ako sa naging experience
kasi kung titingnan natin sa point of view natin, iisipin mo sila yung blessed
because nandito tayo to volunteer for them. Pero in return, bine-bless din nila
tayo kasi parang may realization din tayo na mayroon pala tayong compassionate
and generous heart,” she added.
Katherine Olaivar, one of the 10
volunteers from Siena Park Residences, said there is no better feeling in the
world than having able to help people who are in need.
“Hindi mo mararamdaman yung pagod kasi
alam mong may matutulungan ka,” she enthused.
DMCI Homes employee and unit owner volunteers pose for a picture after the activity.
Since 2015, DMCI Homes has helped Gawad
Kalinga build more than 500 housing units for families displaced by local
government units’ relocation program and those affected by natural disasters
all over the country.
At the 2.7-hectare Manggahan-Kawayanan
Village, DMCI Homes has donated more than 90 units of 20-25 square meter
concrete shelter with a provision for a second floor.
“When Gawad Kalinga came in in 2006, the
first order of business that we did was how to take this piece of property
become legally-owned by the informal settler beneficiaries. We explored ways
and means and we found out that Community Mortgage Program is the best
alternative here,” said Cokes De Leon, project director of Gawad Kalinga for
the Manggahan-Kawayanan Village.
“This is under the Social Housing
Corporation of the Philippine wherein they purchase the properties from private
individuals or corporations and then they sell it to the existing people living
there, the informal settlers. So this is how the community came about,” he
Anita Enderez, who is one of the
socialized housing beneficiaries, said she could not thank DMCI Homes enough
for helping her family own a decent home.
“Nagpapasalamat ako sa DMCI Homes kasi
hindi na kami palipat-lipat ng tirahan. Kaya natutuwa ako dahil talagang bahay
na namin ang lilipatan namin,” she said.
Aysa Oquinena of Gawad Kalinga Mabuhay
Social Enterprise, Inc. who helped organized the activity, on the other hand,
lauded the volunteers for demonstrating one of the key elements of Gawad
Kalinga which is bringing people together through “bayanihan.”
“It’s more than cooperation, it’s more
than teamwork, it’s more than solidarity, kasi binibigay po natin yung buong
buhay natin doon sa pagtulong. You are creating an impact and you are helping
us build this nation,” she beamed.
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