To help rebuild homes and lives of victims of Typhoon Lawin that hit Cagayan Valley late last year, the Foundation participated in the calamity assistance project of the St. Peter Cathedral Parish called “Be a Hero, Donate a Yero.” Through Hope Caravan, the Foundation’s staff joined the Parish volunteers last January 10, 2017 to give assistance to 317 families from six towns by distributing coupons to exchange not only for “yero” (roofing materials) but also for other housing construction items worth a total of P3,000 per family.
After providing for the immediate needs in Leyte after Typhoon Yolanda, the foundation’s attention to reconstruction resulted in the turnover of a new multi-purpose building to the residents of Barangay Holy Child II, in the town of Alangalang. The Dr. Lucio C. Tan Building now houses the barangay hall and a day care facility. Alangalang is an agricultural municipality in Leyte whose residents have always suffered from the effects of typhoons and floods that destroy their crops and properties.
Affected by the super typhoon as well, beneficiaries of the foundation’s housing project in Barangay 89 and 90 in Tacloban City will now sleep much easier. The foundation successfully completed permanent homes for sixty families who lost their homes and some members of their families after the storm surge struck the city. The project has benefitted marginalized residents who are mostly fisherfolk, small vendors, pedicab drivers and sari-sari store owners.
Some people may be wondering why some children of remote schools in Nueva Vizcaya are proudly sporting similar hairstyles these days.
Ako po ay lubos na nagpapasalamat kay Ginoong Lucio Tan. Binigyan kami ng konkretong bahay. Sa loob ng dalawang taon ngayon lang kami nakatulog ng mahimbing dahil hindi na kami matutuluan tuwing umuulan at hindi kami lalamigin sa simoy ng hangin. Kahit nawala ang mahal kong asawa na tinangay ng bagyong Yolanda, dahan-dahan naman kaming nakakaahon ng mga anak ko dahil meron na kaming bagong bahay na matitirahan muli.
—Sunny A. Canillo
Prior to Typhoon Yolanda in 2012, Barangay 89 and 90 in Baybay, San Jose, Tacloban City used to be lively part of the metropolis with beach houses, kiosks, residential homes and small commercial structures. Since they lived by the sea, most residents are fisherfolk, fish vendors and pedicab/jeepney drivers. After the 20-foot storm surge destroyed the two barangays and 16 lives of both adults and children, the area was declared a no build zone/ no dwelling zone.
In line with its three-year Rebuilding the Community Project, the Tan Yan Kee Foundation, Inc.(TYKFI), recently turned over a multi-purpose edifice named Dr. Lucio C. Tan Building to the people of Barangay Holy Child II in Alangalang, Leyte. The building which initially would serve as a barangay hall will also house a day care facility and a health clinic.