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The Light in Legacy of Life Village After Glenda

Althea Cahayag
July 13, 2015

Elita and Gobencio Cabael with their son Jarrel, standing in front of their reconstructed house in Legacy of Life Village in BayaNiJuan sa Southville 7.

Elita Cabael and her family were among the Southville 7 residents who eagerly received keys to their reconstructed houses on July 2. Elita’s house and 19 others were the first batch of ‘Panibahay’ houses in Southville 7 Site 3 that were repaired following Typhoon Glenda (Rammasun) last year.

One of the houses in Legacy of Life Vill, days after the onslaught of Typhoon Glenda

Typhoon Glenda, which carried sustained winds of up to 150 kph, hit parts of the province of Laguna, including the Southville 7 resettlement site in Calauan, Laguna. The National Housing Authority (NHA) resettlement site is home to 5,683 families, which include people that were relocated from the tributaries of the Pasig River and those who were displaced by Typhoon Ondoy (Ketsana) in 2009.

Families whose houses were damaged by Typhoon Glenda were temporarily transferred to unoccupied units in Site 1 and Site 2 of Southville 7. The transfer was facilitated by NHA and ALKFI.

Elita is happy with the repairs in their house. Maganda na, matibay at maayos na,” she said. “Marami nang pinagbago yung bahay namin. Mas maganda na ang view kasi jalousie na yung mga bintana. (It’s better now. It’s sturdier and there have been a lot of changes – like the jalousie windows. There’s a better view).”

Improved materials were used in the reconstruction while maintaining the ‘Panibahay’ design by Architect Edgar Reformado. Repairs on the remaining 94 houses will be completed in the 3rd quarter of 2015.