• 1,180 Las Piñas families to be moved to Cavite


    HUNDREDS of families living near waterways in Las Piñas City will be transferred to their new homes in Naic, Cavite next year.

    Interior Secretary Ismael Sueno said 1,180 informal settler families (ISFs) living near Las Piñas River, Tartar Creek, Almirante Creek and Pasong Cobra Creek will be transferred to brand-new housing units in a 51,226-square-meter relocation project in Barangay Timalan in Naic town.

    Sueno said 1,180 row houses were constructed by the Department of the Interior and Local Government in partnership with the Social Housing Finance Corp. (SHFC), City Government of Las Piñas and civil society organizations (CSOs) Settlement and Housing Alternative Resources (SHARE) Foundation, Inc. and Alternative Technology for Home and Community Advancement (ATHOME CA).

    Each housing unit, which costs P400,000, measures 21.60 square meters, and has a 10- square-meter loft.

    The beneficiaries will pay P803 monthly amortization to the SHFC. The monthly payment will be increased by 10 to 20 percent yearly. The payment period runs for 30 years.

    The project is funded under the 2012-2016 P50-Billion Housing Fund for ISFs living in danger areas in the National Capital Region. It is enrolled in the SHFC’s High Density Housing (HDH) program that covers land acquisition, site development, and building construction.

    “What’s more noteworthy about this housing project is its aspect of being participatory through the People’s Plan which is an alternative shelter planning approach that demonstrates the bottom-up principle. It gives optimum weight and consideration on the participation of the settlers in identifying, conceptualizing, planning, designing, developing, and managing shelter projects,” Sueno said.

    The DILG chief said his department will continue to assist in the transfer of ISFs living in high-risk areas to decent housing sites to pave the way for the clearing of clogged waterways.

    “We are very confident that with the involvement of the DILG, corruption and irregularities will be suppressed and ended,” SHARE Foundation said in a statement.


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    1. The 21.6 sq. meter housing unit, valued now at Php400,000 at say, with an average annual increase at 15% without even interest on monthly amortization over 30 years. will yield you, more or less 4 million pesos (Php4,000,000) Just to give you a bird’s eye view of the financial need. For a family who has relatives that can collectively assist here and abroad to be able to raise Php400,000 would be a great help for them. Another idea, if you have a relative of friend abroad who would like to help you financially through their friends abroad, one cold initiate a raffle ticket among them to be able to raise about US$8,500. I found this way very feasible in the Filipino Community or Association, Filipino Chaplaincy or friends in general within that locality, county or city, US$8,500 would not be impossible to raise, for as long as one keep a good reputation in the area. The reason is, we who belong to a good community atmosphere are very much willing to help alleviate sufferings in our home country. Remember those who went abroad were forcely uprooted from the community they came from in whichever part of the Philippines. They had suffered the rigor of being planted in their receiving country, unaware of the aware of the locality’s customs, traditions and the governing laws. With the good spirited Filipino folks, usually, make a stride to assist the new comers in their predicaments and try to guide them in many aspects of their movements around their receiving community, be it financially, food, clothing and other material needs, including socially and spiritually. We have much difficulty to assimilate and familiarize ourselves to the new place. But as soon as we are successful with the kind assistance of others, we feel we feel we have obligation to return or repay as our selves sanctification and sanctification of others. We soon realize that going abroad entails double responsibility — firstly, our responsibility to ourselves for our well being and to our community, materially, socially and spiritually, and secondly, our responsibility to the other half of our family that were left behind. Going abroad is enjoyable and difficult.