United by a culture of building communities, some 70 volunteer employees and residents of DMCI Homes condominium projects recently gathered together for a house-painting activity for the benefit of residents of Gawad Kalinga’s Manggahan-Kawayanan Village located in Barangay Marcelo Green, Parañaque City.
Held last July 7, the volunteers helped spruce up a total of 26 housing units in the corporate social responsibility (CSR) activity organized by DMCI Homes together with Gawad Kalinga. The 26 beautified homes were among the 93 socialized housing units donated by the leading resort-inspired community developer to Gawad Kalinga in Parañaque City.
Von Castor, a business process manager at the DMCI Homes Property Management Corporation (DPMC) said he didn’t hesitate to volunteer knowing the activity’s impact to community building.
“We, at the DPMC, we’re after community building. So we’re very happy that we were part of this activity. It may just be a house-painting activity but there’s a deeper meaning behind it,” Castor said.
“Of course before you build a community, you first build a home. We hope na yung pinagpaguran namin, pinaghirapan namin maging ‘home’ siya para sa beneficiary na family,” he explained.
Dubbed as DMCI Homes-Gawad Kalinga House Painting Activity, the volunteers formed groups of five and were given materials before they were assigned to a housing unit. Together, they helped apply primer on 15 housing units and colored 11 others slated for turnover.
A fixture in DMCI Homes CSR activities, Alan Domingo of the Purchasing Department likewise shared his favorite part of the house-painting activity.
“Pinakagusto kong part ng activity yung medyo pa-ending na kasi nakikita mo na yung pinaghirapan mo. It’s very fulfilling. Masarap sa pakiramdam kasi nakatulong ka sa ibang tao,” the procurement officer related.
Volunteer unit owners, meanwhile, were elated that DMCI Homes opened up an opportunity to help the underprivileged through the activity.
“I’ve been wanting to join a house building and house painting activity. Luckily and fortunately, DMCI Homes organized this kind of outreach program for the less privileged,” said Rhapsody Residences unit owner Christabelle Matoza.
“So happy naman ako sa naging experience kasi kung titingnan natin sa point of view natin, iisipin mo sila yung blessed because nandito tayo to volunteer for them. Pero in return, bine-bless din nila tayo kasi parang may realization din tayo na mayroon pala tayong compassionate and generous heart,” she added.
Katherine Olaivar, one of the 10 volunteers from Siena Park Residences, said there is no better feeling in the world than having able to help people who are in need.
“Hindi mo mararamdaman yung pagod kasi alam mong may matutulungan ka,” she enthused
Since 2015, DMCI Homes has helped Gawad Kalinga build more than 500 housing units for families displaced by local government units’ relocation program and those affected by natural disasters all over the country.
At the 2.7-hectare Manggahan-Kawayanan Village, DMCI Homes has donated more than 90 units of 20-25 square meter concrete shelter with a provision for a second floor.
“When Gawad Kalinga came in in 2006, the first order of business that we did was how to take this piece of property become legally-owned by the informal settler beneficiaries. We explored ways and means and we found out that Community Mortgage Program is the best alternative here,” said Cokes De Leon, project director of Gawad Kalinga for the Manggahan-Kawayanan Village.
“This is under the Social Housing Corporation of the Philippine wherein they purchase the properties from private individuals or corporations and then they sell it to the existing people living there, the informal settlers. So this is how the community came about,” he continued.
Anita Enderez, who is one of the socialized housing beneficiaries, said she could not thank DMCI Homes enough for helping her family own a decent home.
“Nagpapasalamat ako sa DMCI Homes kasi hindi na kami palipat-lipat ng tirahan. Kaya natutuwa ako dahil talagang bahay na namin ang lilipatan namin,” she said.
Aysa Oquinena of Gawad Kalinga Mabuhay Social Enterprise, Inc. who helped organized the activity, on the other hand, lauded the volunteers for demonstrating one of the key elements of Gawad Kalinga which is bringing people together through “bayanihan.”
“It’s more than cooperation, it’s more than teamwork, it’s more than solidarity, kasi binibigay po natin yung buong buhay natin doon sa pagtulong. You are creating an impact and you are helping us build this nation,” she beamed.
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Taking advantage of children’s strong yearning for new knowledge and skills, Zinnia Towers in North EDSA, Quezon City recently held its own version of a play city to allow kids in the community to learn and have fun at the same time.
The DMCI Homes development recently held “Kidzinnia,” a five-day workshop that involved children who lived in the community. Spearheaded by Zinnia Towers’ Property Management Office (PMO), the event included workshops on gardening and recycling activities as well as other fun activities such as games, storytelling, a treasure hunt, and role-playing.
Only 15 to 20 children were expected to turn up at the workshop, but in the end, the event counted over 40 participants – a testament to just how active both the Zinnia Towers’ community and PMO are.
Through the activities, children were able to learn about the Zinnia Towers community, and know more about the roles of the people they interact with everyday, from the DMCI Homes property management staff, to fellow residents.
The kids also learned about taking care of their surroundings, and were oriented on the community’s house rules in an enjoyable and exciting way. With their safety in mind, the kids were also given an emergency preparedness workshop.
The event ended with a hands-on activity that allowed participants to actually experience what it’s like to work in the property management aspect, stepping into the shoes of security guards, housekeepers, receptionists, officers, and property managers. This way, the kids were able to truly learn the value of doing their best, working together, doing the right thing, and making other people happy.
Resident Gerald Sanchez, a parent at Zinnia Towers, said that Kidzinnia was a “great activity”, sharing that he appreciated that it was both informative and fun.
“Keep it up,” he told the PMO, referring to the event’s success.
According to Zinnia Towers property manager Edilyn Perez, the idea for the event came about because they wanted to get children more involved in the community.
“The PMO believes that children have a positive impact and contribution to the community,” she said, explaining that children are a factor to having a safe, clean, and healthy environment.
The workshops according to Perez were designed to teach children how to be better members of the Zinnia community, in an interesting and experiential way. They also aimed to instill values that will benefit the children in the long run, and help them not only at home, but also in school, and with their friends.
For instance, she explained that learning about property management and having that hands-on experience not only made the children more aware of house rules, but because property managers are leaders, the experience also helped instill leadership skills in the kids, training them to be more proactive in the future.
KidZinnia was only one of several events held by the PMO for its residents. They also held a bazaar as well as a Santa Cruzan to keep Filipino culture alive while giving the residents an opportunity to bond, make friends, and have fun.
“We want them to have not just a home, but a community,” Perez said.
Indeed, community is the best word to describe what the residents at Zinnia Towers have. The best part is, their community includes the entire family – especially the kids.
Zinnia Towers is one of the developments of DMCI Homes, the country’s first Quadruple A real estate developer known for building quality resort-inspired communities in Mega Manila, Baguio, Boracay and Davao City. Each of its properties is built with world-standard craftsmanship borne from D.M. Consunji Inc.'s over 60 years of expertise in the construction and development industry.
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Pasig City area emerged triumphant in the hardcourt battle among DMCI Homes communities this year, bringing home both the senior and junior division titles of the 2017 DMCI Homes Communities Basketball tournament.
The senior team of Pasig communities overcame a 13-point deficit in the second quarter to beat defending champion Acacia Estates 96-76 in the championship game held recently at the DMCI Homes Corporate Center Multipurpose Court in Makati City.
Senior division season Most Valuable Player Roy Cayanan and finals MVP Francis Camacho combined for 35 points to power their team's romp in the third quarter to put the game away for good for Pasig communities.
The different DMCI Homes communities in Metro Manila were grouped into five areas for the competition. Area 1 represents communities in Quezon City; area 2 for Acacia Estates, DMCI Homes' township development in Taguig City; and Area 3 for residences in the south.
On the other hand, Area 5 covers eastern Metro Manila while Area 6 constitutes communities in the Pasig City area.
Pasig seniors' team head coach Noel Panganiban in an interview said they always look forward to playing in the annual summer league which aims to foster closer community ties and encourage camaraderie, unity, and sportsmanship among residents of DMCI Homes condominium communities.
"This is a very good league. Aside from building camaraderie among residents, it also serves as an avenue to develop young players because of the high level of competition," Panganiban said.
"We are very happy that we won the title this year," he added.
The Area 1 team representing communities in Quezon City, meanwhile, beat Southern Metro Manila communities, 101-84 in the battle for third place.
Pasig communities also reigned supreme in the junior division beating Acacia Estates 95-74 in the finals behind the masterful performance of season and finals MVP, 17-year-old Ernest Navarro.
Cash prizes and trophies were awarded to the top three teams in each division with the champion taking home P50,000 cash.
Known for building high quality, best value homes and resort-inspired communities that promote quality lifestyle among Filipinos, DMCI Homes, which has at least 50,000 residents, has been holding the annual basketball league since 2012 in its belief that participating in team sports develops character, accountability, dedication, and leadership, among many other traits.