Beta Sigma backs Buggoc challenge PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 05 September 2014 12:02

The Buggoc Challenge, a bayanihan build for the Sama De Lauts in sitio Buggoc, barangay Sta. Catalina continues to draw more supporters barely a month after it was launched and broke ground last August 8.

The Beta Sigma Fraternity Alumni Association (BSFAA)-Zamboanga chapter is the latest civil society group to join the roster of supporters of the Buggoc Challenge, a project initiated by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in partnership with the city government of Zamboanga.

BSFAA president Eliezer Mojica together with City Veterinarian Dr. Mario Ariola, former Vice Mayor Bert Lim and other fraternity members last Monday, September 1, handed over the fraternity’s donation of P10,000 that will help ensure the construction of one unit of housing on stilt in Buggoc to house a Sama De Laut family, now temporarily staying at the Cawa-cawa boulevard shoreline.

The Zamboanga Betans took the initiative of raising the funds for the noble project. Betan brothers and sisters from abroad also chipped in to afford the P10, 000 that will serve as the labor component for one unit of housing on stilt.

The Buggoc housing on stilts will serve as the 8th transitory site for persons displaced by the September 2013 siege. A total of 200 houses are expected to be constructed with the help of different partners coming from the different sectors.

Since its launching last August 6 at the City Hall conference room, various groups and civilians have responded to the call for the Bayanihan concept in building houses for the Sama IDPs.

As of August 19, 2014, donations for the challenge has reached P440,000.

Along with the BSFAA, the City Human Resources and Management Office also turned over its P10,000 donation for the project.

Under the Buggoc Challenge concept, the IOM will provide the housing materials for the 200 housing units on stilts while the build partners/ donors will assist by providing the labor component estimated at P10,000 per unit.

The amount will be used to pay at least 5 laborers who will work on each unit for a period of 7 days at a daily cost of P280.