The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has released P3.38 billion to be used by the National Housing Authority (NHA) for the construction and completion of off-city relocation sites for people living in Metro Manila’s danger zones.
In a statement, DBM said the fund is NHA’s allocation for the development of 3,086 housing lots and construction of houses last September to October.
Budget and Management Secretary Florencio Abad said the government “still prioritizes the implementation of housing projects and the relocation of ISFs (informal settler familites) from pre-determined danger areas, especially because we continue to experience the effects of the rainy season and the risks associated with storms and weather disturbances.”
He explained that the budget “will allow the Administration to address the perennial flooding in several problematic areas in Metro Manila, by relocating ISFs to safer areas.”
“At the end of the day, the primary goal is to prevent the potential loss of property and lives caused by flooding, primarily through the provision of safe housing alternatives to our informal settlers,” he said.
The statement said the released fund for the ISF housing program was sourced from the government’s savings in 2011. The program has a P10 billion allocation.
As of last August, NHA has disbursed P3.82 million that it received earlier to develop a total of 12,941 off-city lots where 12,291 housing units have been constructed.
A total of 6,511 family have been relocated under the program, which is targeted to be completed in 2014 after the construction of 24,851 hew houses. PNA