The Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) didn’t only provide food and medical assistance to their members who were displaced by Supertyphoon “Yolanda.”
The INC led by Exeutive Minister Eduardo V. Manalo lead in the ground-breaking ceremonies of March 14, 2014 for the housing and livelihood projects for victims in Leyte.
The INC resettlement and eco-farming site is a 3,000 hectares land of by the INC at Sitio New Era, Barangay Langit at the municipality of Alangalang in the province of Leyte.
The model community is situated 18 kilometers from Tacloban City which is considered “ground zero” of the destruction brought about by typhoon Yolanda.
The area to be initially developed for housing, eco-farming and garments factory is 768 hectares which will be expanded in the future.
The INC targets to build 250 quadruplex studio type homes with one quadruplex having an area of 140 square meters.
This will mean that an initial 1,000 housing units will be developed with at least a thousand Typhoon Yolanda displace families will be accommodated in the relocation area.
The New Era resettlement and eco-farming community will also have a dried fish plant, a garments manufacturing factory and a bottle plant. All these will provide livelihood for those given housing units.
All the products of the eco-farming communities will be for export, or are of export-quality.
Funding for the relief goods, resettlement project and the eco-farming project, including the garments factory, dried fish plant, and bottle plant came from the funds generated by the INC’s “Worldwide Walk for those affected by typhoon Yolanda” held on February 15 and from the donations of INC members for the “Lingap sa Mamamayan” or Aid to Humanity.
The beneficiaries are also being given financial aid while the whole project is still being completed.
INC families affected by typhoon Yolanda, who have either lost their houses/or their livelihood, were also given food aid and cash — P20,000 or P10,000 each depending on the damage to their homes — in the immediate aftermath of typhoon Yolanda.
Through the housing and livelihood project, the INC hopes to contribute to the speedy recovery and rehabilitation of the Yolanda stricken province of Leyte.
Dubbed Self-Sustainable Community Rehabilitation Project, INC general auditor Glicerio Santos Jr. said the entire project would cost more than P1 billion.
More than 60,000 INC members in Eastern Visayas flocked to Leyte Sports Development Complex (LSDC) to attend a medical and dental mission for the victims of Yolanda.
At least 150,000 food packs with 3 kilograms of rice, three canned goods and three noodle packs were distributed at the event.
INC members were ferried in buses starting 7 a.m., causing heavy traffic in the city that prompted schools near LSDC to suspend classes.