Philippine Army, Rotary Club give 40 houses to Mangyans in Or. Mindoro

POSTED: Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

CALAPAN CITY – True to their vow of providing immediate basic needs to the indigenous people of Mindoro, the Philippine Army’s 203rd Infantry Brigade, in cooperation with the Rotary clubs here, recently inaugurated their donated 40 houses to chosen Mangyan families living in a remote area of central Oriental Mindoro province.

The said houses, complete with own comfort room and potable water system, have been turned over by Philippine Army officials here, led by Col. Mariano Antonio S. Perez, Jr., 203rd Brigade Commander,  and his deputy Col. Elias H. Escarcha, together with Rotary Club of Sta. Rosa Centro in Laguna, headed by Sta. Rosa, Laguna Mayor Arlene Arcilla.

In a simple ceremony conducted at Sigkuran Minority School in Brgy. Villa Cervesa, Victoria, Oriental Mindoro, the donated houses have been turned over to some 40 Mangyan and non-Mangyan families living in the said remote community, led by Barangay Captain Aaron Villareal.

The “complete houses” that were given there were actually part of the socio-civic project of Rotary Club Sta. Rosa Centro, through the assistance of 203rd Infantry Brigade, CAFGU Charlie Company, 59th Infantry Battalion of Philippine Army.

The houses were constructed to give people living there, especially Mangyan families, of their much needed dwellings, according to Col. Perez.  This project is also to further reinforce the coordination and cooperation between the government troops, civilians, local government units, and minorities in the province. (By JUANCHO R. MAHUSAY)

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