A year ago, Salima Alcala lost her house to the devastating force of Typhoon Haiyan.

To anyone from the coastal town of New Washington in Aklan, Haiyan is remembered as strong winds and deep floodwaters that destroyed lives, houses and dreams.

Nightmare it is. But with the help of people around the world, people in Aklan are starting to re-build their lives.

Hope is always around the corner. 

Globe Telecom and Gawad Kalinga partnered to bring good news to Salima and 39 other families. They can now eat Noche Buena with their family inside their new home!


Photo Courtesy of Globe: Salima Alcala in front of the Gawad Kalinga Tattoo Village in New Washington, Aklan which will be her new home this Christmas.

The Gawad Kalinga Tattoo Village was established farther away from the coastline and the houses feature Gawad Kalinga's new design, which is not only beautiful but also practical. 

The village allows families to put a loft which can be used as a bedroom or an extra living space and which can also help secure the lives of the residents in case floodwaters come in.

Salima enthused:

"Excited na kami magkaroon ng sariling bahay tapos matibay na ‘yung titirhan namin. Hindi na kami takot."

Alcala and her family had to evacuate their home and move to higher ground when floodwaters engulfed their house.

Yoly Crisanto, SVP, Globe Corporate Communications, said:

"One of the things necessary to rebuild the communities and bring back a semblance of normalcy is for those affected by the disaster to again have their own homes instead of living with relatives or in makeshift shelters. So we are glad to finally see the fruits of our efforts to provide homes for Typhoon Haiyan victims. However, we are not stopping until we fulfill all our commitments. That is why we are working closely with Gawad Kalinga in building more houses."

The housing initiative is one of the efforts by Globe to rehabilitate the hardest-hit municipalities of Aklan as the development sponsor of the province under the Office of the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery.

Going beyond New Washington, Globe is also establishing another 40 homes in the town of Libacao. These homes in Aklan are in addition to the 103 already built in Ormoc.


To know more about this initiative to bring hope to our folks in Aklan, follow Globe on Twitter: @enjoyglobe.