Pres. Aquino turns over housing units to typhoons Ondoy, Pepeng victims

October 15, 2010 10:55 am 

BARAS, Rizal, Oct. 14 — Some 2,800 families of this province’s eight municipalities who lost their homes to typhoons “Ondoy” and “Pepeng” now have a place they can call their own.

No less than President Benigno S. Aquino III turned over the housing units to them in simple ceremonies held at the Southville 9 Housing Project here Thursday afternoon.

The President led the distribution of housing certificates to an initial batch of 16 beneficiaries representing the eight municipalities of the housing project, including Antipolo City (217 families), Angono (98 families), Baras (123 families), Binangonan (331 families), Cainta (16 families), Cardona (25 families), Tanay (141 families), and Taytay (67 families).

The 16 beneficiaries are: Esmeralda Sanceda and Joel Mendoza from Baras; Alfredo Mendoza, Judith Miles, Joseph Cabañez and Amalia Agad from Cardona; Francisco Sicosana and Jimlyn Alcantara from Tanay; Judith Lomongo and Ma. Lorna Nojan from Angono; Gina Padrigene and Rolando Salmona from Taytay; Armando Espiritu Jr. and Emmanuel Maniquiz from Antipolo; and Teresita Feo and Martin Recuerdo Jr. from Binangonan.

In his speech, President Aquino welcomed the new homeowners.

"To all of you, welcome home. May God continue to bless your new homes as havens of safety and respite and may this be the start of your fruitful futures for you and your families," the President said.

Joining the President were Vice President Jejomar C. Binay, chairman, Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC); and Rizal local government executives led by Governor Casimiro “Jun-Jun” A. Ynares III, M.D.; 2nd District Representative Isidro “Jun” S. Rodriguez Jr.; Baras Mayor Wilfredo C. Robles; and Vice Governor Frisco S. San Juan Jr.

Situated in Barangay Pinugay, some 50 kilometers southeast of Manila, the Southville 9 Housing Project is a joint undertaking of the Provincial Government of Rizal and the NHA to develop a 25-hectare property as a housing relocation site for the Rizal residents who were displaced by typhoons “Ondoy” and “Pepeng” last year.

Through a Memorandum of Agreement executed last April, both parties agreed to construct 2,800 housing units at 40 square meters per lot. Built at a cost of P175,000 per unit, the project will be amortized by the project beneficiaries for a period of 30 years.

As of October, some 2,600 housing units were constructed and 1,018 family-beneficiaries have already been relocated. Full occupancy of the housing units is expected by the end of this year.

The President’s visit to the Southville 9 Housing Project comes on the eve of the NHA’s 35th Anniversary on October 15, 2010. (PNA) scs/PCOO/ssc

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