February 9, 2023

Another housing project is in the works for the city with the help of the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD).

Mayor Benjamin Magalong said he signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in behalf of the city with the DHSUD under Sec. Jose Acuzar last Jan.  5 for a township development project at a lot in Tuba, Benguet, the second socialized permaculture housing project next to the ongoing Luna Terraces project in Irisan barangay.

GOOD NEWS ON HOUSING — A memorandum of agreement was entered into by the city government under Mayor Benjamin Magalong and the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development under Secretary Jose Acuzar on Jan. 5 for the department’s support to the city in the construction of multi-level housing buildings that will accommodate homeless families. DHSUD USec. Avelino Tolentino III said the MOU targets a 6.3-hectare township development project to benefit at least 2,000 beneficiaries. — Contributed photo

The MOU targets a 6.3-hectare township development to benefit at least 2,000 beneficiaries.

The project is in line with the Pambansang Pabahay para sa Pilipino Program, the flagship program of the administration of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

The mayor expressed gratitude to the DHSUD for its consistent support to the city government in its housing ventures to address its backlog.

He said the city targets the construction of multi-level buildings that will accommodate 8,000 to 10,000 families in various sites. The city is continually working on the acquisition of lots for its housing projects.

The mayor said the Luna Terraces project which was designed for 10 buildings with a total of 260 units was also supported by the DHSUD and the National Housing Authority. 

The DHSUD granted P155 million for the site development and the NHA provided P50M for the construction of two buildings with 62 units and another P326.17M for the completion of the eight remaining buildings.

It incorporates permanent agriculture (permaculture) to achieve its goal of establishing a sustainable and livable community in line with the city’s thrust to address urban decay.

The same concept will be adopted for the new project which is expected to break ground before the end of this month. – Aileen P. Refuerzo