As part of its rehabilitation and reconstruction interventions in provinces devastated by Typhoon “Yolanda,” BDO Foundation has constructed a new multi-purpose hall for a calamity-stricken farming community in Barangay Dumarag, Pastrana, Leyte.
The foundation built the BDO Foundation Multi-purpose Hall in partnership with the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), who supervised construction, and Kusog Tacloban, a non-governmental organization that provides sustainable and integrated community interventions particularly for rural agricultural communities in Leyte.
Fully funded by donations from BDO employees, the project is part of the second phase of UN-Habitat’s Post-Yolanda Support for Safer Homes and Settlements program. It is the third multi-purpose hall built by the partners for communities affected by the super typhoon.
The structure was turned over to the Dumarag Farmers Association (Dumafa) in an inaugural ceremony led by BDO Foundation president Maureen C. Abelardo, BDO Foundation program director Rose Espinosa, BDO Tacloban-Zamora branch head Jean Culas and Kusog Tacloban president Teresa Custodio.
Members of the association can use the BDO Foundation Multi-purpose Hall for meetings, trainings, seminars, livelihood projects, events and recreational activities. The community can also use the structure for shelter, evacuation purposes and the distribution of relief goods.
The multi-purpose hall is equipped with fans, furniture and fixtures, an office, a storage room, toilets and a small kitchenette.
Formed initially by a group of 29 farmers, Dumafa fosters cooperation among members and promotes livelihood programs, community development and agricultural enhancement.