June 14, 2024

Mayor Benjamin Magalong and City Administrator Bonifacio dela Peña said ground works are ongoing at the Luna Terraces, the first socialized housing project of the city located in Irisan, following the project groundbreaking in February.
The project aims to put up a Socialized Permaculture Housing Community financed by the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development and the Department of National Housing Authority.
As per the plan put together by the Plan and Design team headed by the offices of the City Planning and Development, City Engineering and City Buildings and Architecture, two buildings will initially be constructed with 270 units up for award under socialized payment terms to qualified families.
Beneficiaries will be selected based on criteria now being finalized by the Office of the City Social Welfare and Development.
Priority will be given to informal settlers or families residing in danger areas or displaced by natural or human-induced disasters, among other criteria.
At present, the city has an estimated 15,000 families in need of socialized housing prompting the city government to scout for more lots where housing units can be constructed for them.
The mayor said DHSUD Sec. Eduardo del Rosario expressed support to the city’s thrust to pursue more low cost housing projects.
The DHSUD will fund the land development while the National Housing Authority will provide funds for the construction of housing units.
NHA Region 1 and Cordillera Regional Manager Maria Belinda Sevalla said NHA downloaded P50 million to the city for the construction of the two buildings.
A total of P326M was allotted for the entire project.
Dela Peña said they plan to build eight more buildings at the site.
Permaculture means “innovative framework for creating sustainable ways of living, how to grow food, build houses and create communities and minimize environmental impact at the same time.”
The city council in Resolution 240-2019 approved the use of the land located at Irisan owned by the local government for socialized housing of local government employees and as a resettlement area for qualified beneficiaries. – Aileen P. Refuerzo