On July 30, 2016, in cooperation with Habitat for Humanity Philippines (HFHP), 23 student volunteers of Sagip Bayan – Student Group (SBSG) joined ‘Juan Builds’ in the construction of houses in Bistekville 4 Habitat for Humanity, Culiat Quezon City.

Youth Program Head Lorenzo Paterno, Mandy Miguel, Merchandising Head Mandy Miguel, and Site Volunteer Coordinator of HFHP Bing Mayoralgo coordinated with SBSG—headed by R-Jay Agbon of Batch 2019—in order to push through with the activity.

Before the construction labor, the volunteers were oriented by Safety Officer Allan regarding safety protocols in the work area. The student volunteers were to wear safety helmets and working gloves and were advised to stop working if not feeling well anymore.

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After the construction manual labor, a short program was hosted by Paterno who commented that the student volunteers were “very lively especially sa site.” During the program, the youth of Bistekville 4 showcased their dancing skills and entertained SBSG and the whole crowd to thank the volunteers.

Jesus Maglente, President of Homeowners Association delivered a short speech wherein he said that after 25 years of “struggle,” the Homeowners Association finally acquired the land where their houses are now located. As part of the “struggle,” the residents, who had been informal settlers, persisted through registering in 1988, negotiating with the Urban for a Cause Office, talking to different legal counsels, asking the office of the Mayor, and a number of other processes. Finally, in 2013, the residents were able to partner with HFHP and build their houses. Currently 96 houses out of the targeted >200 houses have already been built.

When asked how she felt about the activity, Sharmaine Bungabong of Batch 2020 said “Fulfilling naman siya.”  Yonna Dalangin of Batch 2020 commented, “Sana madami pa ako nagawa. Mahirap pala magtayo ng bahay pero pag tulong-tulong, nagagawan ng paraan.”

Habitat for Humanity envisions a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Habitat for Humanity Philippines was founded in 1988 and has served over 135,000 families and over 800 communities nationwide, including Quezon City, Navotas, Panabo and Cagayan de Oro. In fact, Gemma Maglente, a resident of Bistekville 4 Quezon City, said “Ayos din naman. May bago na bahay” after she was asked about her feedback regarding the house-building project of HFHP.

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