Fil-Chinese businessmen to build houses for Yolanda survivors

by Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 05 2014 11:48 AM | Updated as of Feb 06 2014 12:03 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII) Foundation has pledged to help build houses and classrooms for communities affected by super typhoon "Yolanda" in Leyte.

On Wednesday, President Aquino witnessed the signing of a memorandum of agreement between the FFCCCII Foundation and the provincial government of Leyte for the construction of 500 houses and five units of barrio schools, equivalent to 10 classrooms.

The houses will be constructed in a five-hectare resettlement site in an elevated location in Barangay Barayong, Palo, Leyte.

Worth P40 million, the project is expected to benefit 500 families. The relocation site will be named as “Filipino-Chinese Friendship Village.”

The funds were raised in a calamity drive launched by FFCCCII, the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Associations of the Philippines, World News Daily, Filipino-Chinese Amity Club, Overseas Chinese Alumni Association of the Philippines, Filipino-Chinese Shin Lian Association and Philippine Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc.

Aquino thanked the group for the donation as the government strives to build typhoon-resilient structures in affected areas.

He said that government resources were stretched as a result of a series of calamities and expressed appreciation for the expression of solidarity.

“All that you have done serves to underscore the compassion that you hold for your fellow Filipinos: You will never hesitate to step in and assist our countrymen in times of need, whether it is through helping them recover after a major disaster, or helping our Department of Education build classrooms, or funding your own volunteer fire brigades,” Aquino said.

“As President, I made a point to be here today to personally express my gratitude, and the gratitude of your countrymen. Your actions, and your willingness to respond in times of crisis, have inspired in me the expectation that you will act with the same amount of solidarity, no matter what challenges lie ahead.”

Also witnessing the signing of the MOA were FFCCCII Chairman Emeritus Lucio Tan, Palo Mayor Remedios Petilla, and Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla.