Habitat for Humanity
PunoLaw celebrated its 30th Anniversary last September 17, 2014 in a very meaningful way with the signing of Rosella Puno-Mapa, its Managing Partner of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Habitat for Humanity’s Managing Director and CEO, Charlito Ayco and the Municipality of Batan, Aklan through its Mayor, Hon. Delfina R. Ramos and Ms. Mediatrix Villanueva, Chairperson of Dios Mabalos Po Foundation. The MOA aims to build better houses and a better community for 50 families who were victims of Supertyphoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in Barangay Songcolan, Batan, Aklan. The signing of the MOA was personally witnessed by PunoLaw’s founding partner, Justice Ricardo C. Puno after the celebration of the Firm’s Thanksgiving Mass.
PunoLaw donated Six (6) Million Pesos to finance the building of the houses and support facilities with the Municipality of Aklan providing the land and the disaster victim-beneficiaries the necessary labor as their respective counterpart contributions. PunoLaw marked its historic milestone with a lasting legacy of giving back and paying forward for the Almighty’s countless blessings to the Firm. This endeavor aptly codenamed Project Pearl supports Habitat’s REBUILD Philippines Campaign in areas devastated by Supertyphoon Yolanda that remain least served or underserved by Government.
To date, the necessary social preparation for the housing beneficiaries has been completed. The purchased land that will be used as their relocation site is being turned over to Habitat for site mobilization works. During the shelter-build phase in the coming months, the PunoLaw Family will travel to Batan, Aklan. Its partners, associates and staff hopefully together with clients will actively participate in the actual construction work for the new houses with their additional sweat equity. It is PunoLaw’s vision of the “Practice of Doing Good” humbly in action.