AT least 72 informal settler families who used to live along Tullahan River can now move to their new homes in Brgy. Ugong, Valenzuela City.
Vice President Jejomar Binay on Wednesday said another 180 families are only waiting for the completion of their applications for electric power connection.
“Because of this project, many lives have been changed,” the housing czar said.
He added that although the beneficiaries have to pay P300 a month in Disiplina Village, they are now living in peace because they will no longer worry that their lives are at risk during heavy rain.
Binay said the turnover of the 252 units was part of the five-year near-city or in-city relocation program of the government under the P50-billion PNoy Housing Fund.
He added that these housing units are components of the 17 three-storey buildings that will be completed in August of this year and will generate a total of 540 units with floor areas of 27 square meters, inclusive of 11 square meters loftable area.
The National Housing Agency funded and implemented the construction of the project, while the City of Valenzuela provided the property and undertook land development.
The site where these low-rise buildings are constructed is complete with water and power supply systems provided by Maynilad Water Services Inc. and the Manila Electric Co., including a sewerage treatment plant (controlled collection), concrete paved roads, drainage system and streetlights along the main road.
The memorandum of agreement for Disiplina Village Bignay was also signed to start the construction of 25 three-storey low rises that will generate 900 housing units for families who are also living along the river.
Present during the event that coincided with the celebration of the Valenzuela City Day were Valenzuela City Mayor Rexlon T. Gatchalian, Rep. Sherwin T. Gatchalian of the First District of Valenzuela, Vice Mayor Eric Martinez, Undersecretary Cecilia Alba of Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council, Ms. Ana Oliveros of the Socialized Housing Finance Corporation, other local government units and government agency officials from Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor , and homeowners.