From a forest formerly infested with Viet Cong, a new village has risen in South Vietnam.
From a forest formerly infested with Viet Cong, a new village has risen in South Vietnam. In Tay Ninh Province, the village of Than Dien provides more than a centre for refugees. Under the guidance of the Philippine Civic Action Group, Than Dien has become a brand new community designed for permanent occupancy. The civic action group, known as PHILCAG, actually consulted with the intended inhabitants so that the new city would incorporate their ideas and meet their needs and desires. Than Dien is built around a community core containing a market place, hamlet office, dispensary and military clinic, a power house and a ten-room school house for seven hundred students. The village is formed in a one-kilometer square, with 600 duplex buildings to house 1200 families. Currently, Than Dien contains seven hundred families with a population over four thousand. PHILCAG engineers built the foundations and roofs of each structure, and the individual inhabitants finished their homes with the advice of PHILCAG engineers and a monetary allowance from the GVN. The familiar ammunition boxes were part of the building materials. In addition to their homes, each family was given a plot of ground fro farming. Their gardens and livestock are apparently flourishing.