By Arwen Pascua
PILI, Camarines Sur – Twenty-seven informal-settler families received early Christmas gifts from the 9th Infantry Division (9ID) of the Philippine Army, which includes construction materials, food stuffs and a house to call their own for one family.
On December 8, the Commander of 9ID, MGEN Henry A. Robinson Jr., together with the officers of the Spear Division attended the blessing and inauguration of the newly constructed model house in a relocation site at Barangay Caroyroyan specifically built for Camp Elias Angeles’ informal settlers.
One of the highlights of the event was the gift-giving to the said families who were also victims of the recent string of calamities. They happily received food packs given by the Spear Troopers and three families were likewise given construction materials to help them build their new houses.
Before their transfer from the military camp, 9ID coordinated with the National Housing Authority (NHA) which awarded them lots inside the Sodusta Village.
They were given cash assistance by the provincial government of Camarines Sur with the Spear Troopers chipping in from their allowances to fund the construction of the houses. Aside from monetary donation, the Spear Troopers also invested time and physical labor as the Command counterpart for the house building.
“Hindi natin sila basta-basta pinaalis na lang dito sa loob ng 9ID headquarters. We made sure they will eventually live in houses they can legally call their own without fear of getting evicted anytime. ‘Yung lupa galing sa NHA at yung bahay na ipinapatayo natin, sa kanila na ‘yon. We conducted this gift-giving activity to remind everyone that we, the Spear Troopers, are here for them and are ready as always to extend a brotherly helping hand. Christmas after all is about compassion, respect, kindness, and love,” MGen. Robinson said. (AI/FC/MTVN)