May 25, 2024

The city government of Tabuk, Kalinga is working on the construction of 14 multi-story buildings intended for housing, not only for city residents but also for qualified beneficiaries in other parts of the province.

Tabuk City Mayor Darwin Estrañero said his office is set to sign a memorandum of agreement with the contractors and the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development for the construction of the township project, which he said will be able to accommodate a maximum of 3,000 housing units.

The project is under the government’s Pabahay para sa Pilipino Housing Program, which aims to address the country’s housing woes through the construction of six million housing units until 2028.

Estrañero said the project eyed for Tabuk City will adopt vertical or condominium-style housing but development will integrate urban and rural living in recognition of the city’s agricultural land classification.

The project, being proposed in a four-hectare land in the city’s Barangay San Juan, is the first in the Cordillera and is seen to accommodate individuals who are qualified and able to fulfill their obligations.

“Priority will be given to residents of the city, but we will open the available units to residents from other areas,” Estrañero said during a forum live-streamed by the Tabuk City Information Office after his return to office following the dismissal of the charges filed against him before the Ombudsman.

The same high-rise living concept is being eyed in other areas of the city.

Estrañero said the commercial building that will rise in Barangay Bulanao as part of the public market development awarded to a private investor, also has the potential for residential units.

“We are looking at amending the contract if it is possible for the project to accommodate residential units,” he said. – Jane B. Cadalig