06/01/2010 [ tribune.net.ph ]
In line with its first socialized housing program for employees, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) awarded certificates of lot assignments to 2,756 beneficiaries during yesterday’s flag raising ceremony held at the MMDA grounds in Makati City.
Qualified permanent and casual employees as well as those on job order (JO) status, who have rendered at least five years of service to the agency, were selected through a raffle as recipients of parcels of land in Sitio Paligawang Matanda in Carmona, Cavite.
The MMDA allocated 50 square meters lot to each JO beneficiaries, 75 square meters to permanent, and 100 square meters to ranking officials.
The agency raffled off certificates of awards to a total of 2,756 qualified employees from among the 3,190 personnel who have signified their interest to avail of the program.
Recently, the 17 mayors of Metro Manila composing the Metro Manila Council (MMC), the policy-making and governing body of the MMDA, unanimously approved MMDA Resolution 10-03 Series of 2010 empowering the agency to use its funds for the construction of the PGMA-MMDA Village.
“I’m sure that everybody is happy with today’s awarding of the certificates because it is a realization of our vision and promise to provide decent housing for our employees,” MMDA Chairman Oscar Inocentes said.
The PGMA-MMDA Village will sit on a 65.9-hectare property of the agency in Carmona, which used to be a sanitary landfill. It is the agency’s first socialized housing program, which Inocentes fast tracked upon his assumption to office last November.
Inocentes said he initiated the implementation of the housing program for MMDA employees in line with President Arroyo’s vision of providing low-income state workers with decent and affordable housing.
The housing complex will include facilities such as school, church, and medical clinic.
The MMDA chief vowed to seek an arrangement with Pag-Ibig to provide funds for the construction of houses, which the beneficiaries will pay subsequently.