There's a saying that it is hard to preach to an empty stomach, in the same way that it would be hard to preach to someone without a home. This is what seemed to inspire the PMS National Office to commit to help the Canossian Sisters raise needed funds to build houses for families in Sitio Ronggot. The houses of 40 or more families in Sitio Ronggot, Calamba City were destroyed by typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng late last year. What also moved the PMS National Office's commitment to help is the fact that most of the children of Sitio Ronggot are members of the Holy Childhood Association, which is under the PMS.
To help the residents realize their dreams of having homes, the Canossian Sisters in the Philippines, in collaboration with Gawad Kalinga, embarked on an ambitious project of building houses for the families of Sitio Ronggot. With the help of generous friends and benefactors, the Canossians Sisters were able to purchase a 3,000 square meter lot in Calamba City. With the available lot, construction of the new houses will hopefully start soon. The Canossian Sisters and Gawad Kalinga already signed the Memoramdum of Agreement for the project.
Ironically, the groundbreaking for the project last July 13 was also the day when typhoon Basyang hit the Luzon area. The rainy season has particularly been causing anxiety among the residents since the government declared the area a danger zone, since it is very flood-prone. Still fresh in their memory is how their houses got submerged in water because of typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng.