Primavera Residences staff and its realty partners, as a long term partner of Habitat for Humanity, helped in building more resilient and sustainable homes at Calaanan, Brgy. Canitoan last March 28, 2015. Dubbed as “Building for a better planet”, the house building activity was organized to support the National Women’s Month and WWF’s Earth Hour 2015.
Habitat for Humanity Philippines (HFHP) is a non-profit organization that serves Filipino families in need of decent homes. In the Philippines, HFHP has been in the forefront in building homes for the underprivileged, especially to those who have lost their homes because of strong typhoons.
“In Cagayan de Oro, we already have built almost 6,000 houses in 13 resettlements sites. All of our recipients are survivors of the different typhoons, especially those who were affected by Typhoon Sendong which destroyed most of our people’s homes,” Lerma Bernadette Reyes, Project Head for CDO Operations, Habitat for Humanity Philippines, expressed.
In this particular resettlement site in Calaanan, these single-detached houses are not made by mere cement but structured it with sustainability in mind using bamboo. “This design was adopted from the homes we built in Bohol. These are resilient-type of housing that could withstand up to 220-kph storm. Bamboos are known to be strong, resilient, and affordable too,” Reyes added.
Homes for the underprivileged
“Currently, these typhoon-resilient homes are all over CDO. We have 200 units in Opol, 132 units in Pagatpat, and here at 73 under construction units here in Calaanan,” Reyes proudly shared.
Through the support of the multi-awarded developer of Primavera Residences, Italpinas Euroasian Design and Eco-development Corporation, Habitat for Humanity was able to provide homes to 20 families in the resettlement site in Pagatpat, Cagayan de Oro.
“We are extremely happy that Italpinas is fully supporting Habitat and the city in providing homes for the community. Right now, Italpinas donated 20 units that are already being occupied by 20 delighted families in Pagatpat,” Reyes said.
Primavera Residences has been actively promoting green advocacies in the city and has won numerous local and international awards for its eco-friendly architecture. Featuring the best principles of passive cooling technology: shadow and sunlight control, wind cooling and shape performance, the project has been cited as one of Asia’s top 10 clean energy projects because of its capacity to help residents save as much as 32% on overall energy consumption.