Katilingban Offers 50 Housing Slots to WMSU
June 24, 2006

Zamboanga City, June 23, 2006 – In solidarity with the WMSU’s centennial celebration, the Katilingban Sa Kalambuan, Inc. headed by Fr. Angel Calvo, C.M.F. has offered 50 slots for low-cost housing services to WMSU faculty and non-teaching personnel who are in urgent need of homes of their own.

According to WMSU Vice- President for RED Dr. Grace J. Rebollos, the 50 slots offered is a gesture of KKI’s solidarity with WMSU as it observes its centennial celebration this year and in appreciation for the 8-year partnership between the University and Katilingban.

The 50 slots form part of the Kalambuan Housing Project Site (Phase III) located on a five-hectare area at Caragasan, barangay Maasin, this city. The Phase III housing project of the KKI envisions to build homes ona sweat-equity basis and will showcase a community that is based on the holistic principle of habitability and democratic participation in social life.

According to Dr. Rebollos, of the 50 slots, 25 will be awarded to qualified WMSU faculty while the other half will be for non-teaching personnel.

The applicants will be screened on the basis of their urgency of need, their capability to build their house and their attitude.

The screening committee will be headed by Dr. Rebollos and will be composed of the Center for Peace and Development (CPD) staff; Reach Out to Others Foundation (ROOF), a WMSU-based NGO; the Human Resource Management Officer (HRMO); and one representative each from the faculty and non-teaching organizations.

The screening of the WMSU applicants will begin on Monday, June 26 at the WMSU-CPD Office, Abitona building.

It was learned that the 50 slots represent P5.6-M to be advanced by KKI and to be amortized by the qualified WMSU family beneficiaries over a span of 20 years.

Qualified WMSU applicants will be required to give a down payment of P5,000.00, provide the labor component for the house construction and shoulder the monthly amortization of P450.00 to be payroll-deducted for a period of 20 years. The monthly amortization will be paid after five months from occupancy date.

The WMSU, through the Office of VP for RED under Dr. Rebollos has extended its all-out technical support to the KKI’s urban poor empowerment programs ranging from housing, socio-economic programs for the street children, livelihood projects, and peace education and advocacy.

As this developed, WMSU President Dr. Eldigario D. Gonzales has gratefully accepted the KKI’s offer and expressed his appreciation for the recognition that Katilingban has given the WMSU in its commitment to be “La Universidad Para Na Comunidad.” (WMSU-CIDC, Marissa Makasiar / Rufina Cruz)