President Duterte gives his Margarita village house to House of Hope

The president with the cancer-stricken children / composite photo from Google (ctto)

President Rodrigo Duterte has finally been donated his house in Margarita Village along J.P. Laurel Avenue, Davao City to the House of Hope, a charity group providing temporary shelter to children with cancer.

Vice president of the House of Hope Foundation Fatima-Inderah Disomimba said that they were surprised by the gesture of the chief executive.

“We were surprised din. Naisip din ni President na it’s about time na ibigay niya fully kasi before pinapagamit lang, ganon siya ka generous,” Disomimba said.

Disomimba confirmed that the president’s house was turned over to the foundation which had been operating for children with cancer from all areas of Mindanao.

In the past years, Duterte had allowed the use of his three-bedroom house at Margarita Village but at that time, the property remained under his name.

The Davao Children’s Cancer Fund, Inc. (DCCFI), or the House of Hope (aka Kids of Hope) mainly operates from donations.

This house of Duterte is located near the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC), where poor cancer patients normally seek treatment.

Disomimba also cited that SPMC averages 315 cancer patients per year – that’s all over Mindanao, and with these halfway houses, indigent patients will have a decent home to stay in while they are receiving treatment.

The House of Hope thanked Duterte for the support he gave to the foundation and its cause.

Reportedly, original cancer patients’ transient house was the old building of the SPMC renovated by the Rotary Club of Waling-Waling and at the Annex Building funded through Senator Pia Cayetano’s Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

Source: Inquirer

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