Govt targets 30,000 new homes for NCR

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The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) released a total of P9.8 billion on Thursday to the National Housing Authority (NHA) to add to the Housing Project of the government that aims to create 30,407 new housing units.

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The project also aims to relocate families living in “dangerous area” in Metro Manila or the National Capital Region.

In a statement, the DBM said that the main beneficiaries are the informal settler families in Metro Manila who are exposed to flooding and other dangers.

“With all the typhoons and weather disturbances we experienced this year alone, we are already too familiar with the tragic consequences of climate change—particularly the loss of life and property. This latest release will go a long way in supporting the NHA’s housing assistance to informal settler families, particularly those who’ve built their makeshift homes in locations that are prone to heavy flooding,” Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said.

The said P9.8-billion fund was sourced from the 2013 General Appropriations Act for Budgetary Support for Government Corporations, and would be allotted for off-city resettlements of 26,948 families and 3,756 families for in-city low-rise buildings, which would keep informal settling families away from dangerous sites such as creeks, rivers and esteros.

“In relocating these families, we are also declogging our major roads and thoroughfares, which will of course have a significant impact on our efforts to address the extensive flooding in several parts of Metro Manila. In a sense, it’s a win-win situation for our ISFs [informal settler families]—who will be transferred to safer housing resettlements—and for the broader population, who can soon expect improvements in our flood control program,” Abad said.

Using the release, the DBM said that the NHA will construct eight in-city low-rise buildings in government-owned lands, and will also implement off-city row housing resettlements “where in-city project plans are not feasible.”

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