By Helen Castaño | 04:55 PM September 09, 2021
Two more families have benefited from the free housing program of a couple-run foundation.
The Terence and Beth Giving Hope, Inc. which is run by Beth and Terence Martin, turned over two concrete houses to their recipients in Barangay San Isidro in Talibon on Tuesday, Sept. 7.
Legoria Autentico-Bacaron, 73, tear up when she received her newly constructed concrete house.
“Dako akong kalipay kay wala ko magdahum nga matagaan mi og balay,” said Bacaron.
Bacaron with her husband and three grandchildren lived in a shanty.
She narrated that due to roof leaks, waters dripped from the ceiling when it rains.
“Manghilak nalang mi kay wala mi mahimo kung mag-uwan,” said Bacaron.
They could barely feed their grandchildren- Jaymar, 15, Jodel, 8 and Jonel, 7- who were left by their parents when they were little.
Worse, Jodel could not walk because of the condition of his both legs. He has not yet been sent to the hospital for a medical check-up.
Terence and Beth promised Bacaron to bring Jodel to Tagbilaran City for a check-up.
Last month, police were patrolling in the area and saw their condition.
Police Major Christopher Fernandez, chief of Talibon Police Station, asked Terence and Beth for help.
The Bacaron’s house was the 71st house funded and built through the efforts of the Martin couple and their partners. Bacaron’s son, Medardo, 42, was also given a new house, a few meters from his parents’ house.
The brief turn-over ceremony was attended by personnel of Talibon Police Station, Bohol 2nd district Rep. Erico Aristotle Aumentado and his wife Vanessa, lawyer Jamie Aumentado Villamor, and friends of Terence and Beth.
Aumentado lauded the couple’s noble cause of spreading kindness in the community.
Last July, 8 families in Barangay Tabajan, Guindulman were also given their newly-constructed houses.
Other houses were built in Inabanga, Mabini, Talibon, Ubay and Getafe
“By December, we are targeting 100 houses. By 2030, it’s 1,000 houses for the families that they will live [comfortably],” said Beth.
At first, the couple used their own money in constructing the houses, but some of their friends are helping their cause.
“And only took building one house and gave incredible difference it made to the family and we. Were hooked,” said Terence.
Aside from their housing project, the couple also have 51 scholars. Some have even finished college.
The Martins accept applicants for their program and choose the “poorest of the poor” beneficiaries.
“We [are] praying that the projects will continue,” Beth said.