ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.(AFI) and Sun Life Financial-Philippines Foundation formally turned over the Legacy of Light Village, a socialized housing project for Metro Manila’s informal settlers, during simple rites on June 23, 2012.
The Legacy of Light Village was developed within the 110-hectare government relocation site in Brgy. Santo Tomas through a P50-million donation from Sun Life Financial’s CSR arm Sun Life Foundation.
AFI managing director Gina Lopez, Sun Life Financial Group president Rizalina Mantaring and Sun Life Foundation executive director Veronica Estrella led the symbolic turnover of keys to the new homes of 115 beneficiaries, who represent Sun Life’s 115 years of existence in the Philippines.
Lopez said an industrial park will soon rise within the relocation site, which will help provide jobs to the residents.“The industrial park is being worked out. We already have a list of five locators who committed to set up shop nearby,” she said. Lopez added that AFI will continue to provide seminars as part of a livelihood program for the project beneficiaries to encourage them to stay in their new homes.
The beneficiaries, like other families that were relocated within the BayaniJuan relocationsite, came from the banks of the Pasig River after the devastation wrought by typhoon Ondoy. (Excerpted from www.businessmirror.com.ph/)