The DYRF team lead by Fr. Bobby and I went to San Pio Village of Dumlog, Talisay City to witness the turn-over ceremony of 204 high-end houses in a 5 hectare piece of land that included club-house under the mango trees, basketball court, multi-purpose hall and children’s playground.
The village started with Fr. Gianilacono, a diocesan priest from Sydney who arrived in Cebu back in the 80’s and who decided to choose Cebu as his adopted community. Among his early missionary tasks was to open a pastoral care to parishioners, a work that led him to the local rubbish tips where he became committed to helping the marginalized families who lived there.
The good priest has inspired and made possible the San Pio Village, the home for the underprivileged and homeless in Metro Cebu, particularly those residing at the garbage sites, fish folks, low-salaried workers and those who are doing community development work.
Armed with the theme “Changing Communities One at a Time,” this is a joined effort of the following: Bethlehem Communities – Australia, JPIC-IDC (Justice, Peace, Integrity of Creation – Integrated Development Center), Communities for Communities, City of Talisay, Habitat for Community, Cebu Archdiocese Prison Apostolate, Cebu News Workers Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Bethlehem Day Care Center Foundation Incorporated, Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor, Philippine Center for St. Pio of Pietrelcina Incorporated, Saint Padre Pio Contemplative Community of Cebu, Karl Kübel Stiftung für Kind und Familie, German Cooperation, and San Pio Homeowners’ Consumer Cooperative.