New Housing project for the poor inaugurated and blessed in Holy Trinity Parish, Sampaloc

Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo, Auxiliary Bishop of Manila and Bishop-elect of the Vicariate of Taytay, Palawan led the blessing and formal opening of the newly built three-story housing project of Villa Umami Homeowners Association, Inc. (VUHOAI) last July 28, 2021.

The three-story building with 36 units is located in Matimyas Sampaloc, Manila under the jurisdiction of the Most Holy Trinity Parish (MHTP) in Balic-Balic Sampaloc, Manila. Families will receive a certificate of ownership after paying more than two thousand pesos for thirty years.

The building was blessed in the presence of the family that will occupy the building. In his message to the families, Bishop Pabillo reminded them of the significance of building a new home as well as maintaining peace and harmony inside the community.

“Mahirap magtayo ng bahay pero ang mas mahirap ay ipagpatuloy yung pagtatayo ng komunindad. Maaaring may bahay na kayo pero mag-away away kayo, so, hindi masaya yung ganito,” Bishop Pabillo said.

“Ang pagtatayo ng bahay kapag nabuhusan mo na ng semento, hindi na mawawala yan. Pero ang komunidad ay palagi nyo dapat alagaan. At magigigng masaya kayo hindi dahil sa may tirahan kayo, maging masaya kayo dahil sa kagandahan ng inyong samahan,” he added.

According to Edwin Dualin, coordinator of the Villa Umami, in 1970, the location of the newly built building was formerly a garbage dump with a pond and water lilies surrounding it. In 1977, the population of the families living in the area started to increase and mostly from the provinces of Leyte, Samar, Bicol, Quezon Province and some were already born in Manila. Eventually, Mr. Dualin added, barung barong was built due to the inability of the families to pay the rent.

In 2016, after knowing the owner would sell the land, a demolition threat was sent to families if they resist evacuating the area. The poor families of the association then sought help from the urban desk of MHTP and have undergone all necessary procedures to keep things in order.

Fr. Enrico Adoviso, Parish Priest of MHTP, assisted the association to seek help from Pondo ng Pinoy, the poverty alleviation program of the Archdiocese of Manila initiated by Archbishop-emeritus of Manila, Gaudencio B. Cardinal Rosales.

In 2019, after MHTP, Pondo ng Pinoy and Archdiocese of Manila extended financial assistance to the association, they were able to comply to pay the owner the amount of five hundred thousand pesos down payment. It was then followed by a groundbreaking program for the VUHOAI Housing Project

Weng Gutlay, 52, a vendor, with six kids and one of the tenants said that it is a boost in their morale that finally, they will have a decent home they can call their own.

“Naiiyak ako siyemrpe, ang daming hirap, kung paano ka magbabayad, biglaan, malaki hindi biro ang binayaran para maitayo ang bahay na ito. Yung feeling na para kang proud sa sarili mo na kahit ganito na hinuhilugan lang,” she said. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | Photos from RCAM-AOC and MHTP Facebook Page)


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