Fourty-four two-storey houses were turned over to survivors of Typhoon Yolanda in CEMEX Unity Village, Brgy. Pago, Daanbantayan, Cebu.
A global manufacturer of cement, CEMEX spearheaded the Unity Village projects, a series of low-cost housing developments for victims of the supertyphoon. The villages are part of its disaster rehabilitation program, Build Unity, which has several rebuilding efforts in Northern Cebu, among them in Bogo, Medellin, and San Remigio.
"CEMEX has emotional and professional ties with Cebu because the Apo Cement Plant is also in this province. Cebu is part of the Cemex family. It's a natural choice for us to help rebuild this place," said CEMEX's country president, Pedro Palomino.
"When we learned that help is needed in Northern Cebu, everyone in CEMEX Philippines — including our colleagues from different CEMEX business units worldwide — immediately expressed the will to contribute whatever can be shared," said Palomino.
In partnership with Gawad Kalinga and its values formation program, CEMEX has also tapped into beneficiaries to provide the finishing touches on their homes.
"The rebuilding process is not just about putting together the physical materials needed for construction of a new home but it is also about uniting and uplifting the spirits of the families affected by the typhoon," stated Chito Maniago, executive director of CEMEX Philippines Foundation. "CEMEX is here to support the communities until they are able to get back on their feet again," continued Maniago.
"This practice of 'sharing' the cost of rebuilding makes the process more meaningful as the families make their personal investment of hard work in building their new home," said CEMEX's corporate social responsibility officer, Megi Garcia.