Building Homes, Building Lives
Wenceslao Village, San Roque Dau I, Lubao, Pampanga
December 16, 1999
Today, we, the trustees of the Sulung Pampanga Foundation are happy to inaugurate fifty additional houses in Wenceslao Village. We are truly proud to be able to contribute our humble share to the rebuilding of this new community.
Supporting this very laudable initiative was an easy decision for all of us in Sulung Pampanga Foundation. We are very impressed by the holistic approach of community building implemented in this project which has been designed not just to build houses but to reconstruct the spiritual, psycho-emotional, social, physical, environmental and economic make-up of displaced families.
We are in great admiration of the untiring work of the men and women of the Social Action Center of Pampanga (SACOP) under the leadership of His Grace, Archbishop Paciano Aniceto.
Of course, all of these would not have been possible without the generous donation of the property of the de Mesa sisters, Diana, Ruby and Erlinda.
But this success formula need not be exclusive to Pampanga. It is my hope that successful initiatives like this can be replicated in other towns and cities to address our nation's massive housing backlog and its attendant socio-economic problems.
For our part, we of the Sulung Pampanga Foundation will study ways and means to propagate this kind of project in the future.
Today, however, I would like to acknowledge the active and selfless participation of the people of Sulung Pampanga Foundation.
Let me make special mention of Sulung Pampanga's President, Mr. Menardo Jimenez, big boss of GMA-7 who called me up a few years ago to express his desire to be involved in a major undertaking to extend assistance to the victims of Mt. Pinatubo eruption. I in turn contacted my good friend, the late Bren Guiao and it was on his recommendation that we organized the Sulung Pampanga Foundation, together with other concerned citizens, like Secretary Jose T. Pardo, Antonio Cojuangco, Ping de Jesus, Chito Sobrepena representing George Ty of Metrobank and my nephew Rapa Lopa.
I also would like to take this opportunity in behalf of Sulung Pampanga, to thank our generous friends for supporting our program in helping the victims of the Mount Pinatubo eruption. Among our donors are: Alcatel, GMA Foundation, the Metrobank Foundation, Inc., PLDT Foundation, Project Silungan Foundation, PAGCOR, SANYO Philippines and SGS Far East Limited.
All of us – in civil society, in the business sector, in religious congregations, as well as government leaders and workers in our respective communities – have to pitch in to get things moving.
People Power gave US our finest hour in EDSA. With our vibrant democracy restored, let us now use People Power to help our less fortunate countrymen achieve a more dignified and progressive life.
Thank you and good day.