05/09/2012 [ tribune.net.ph ]
The administration of Quezon City Mayor Herbert “Bistek” Bautista yesterday announced it is set to launch two more socialized housing projects for the city’s informal settlers.
Early this year, the QC government started constructing the first two socialized housing projects of the mayor — the Bistekville I in Barangay Payatas and Bistekville II in Barangay Kaligayahan.
Under the pro-poor housing program of Bautista, housing communities will be developed to provide safe and affordable homes to the responsible poor and those to be relocated from danger zones or flood-prone areas along the waterways.
Secretary to the Mayor and Housing Task Force chairman Tadeo Palma said for the Bistekville III and Bistekville IV projects, the city government has already started negotiations for project site acquisition and other concerns.
He said Bistekville III will be in Barangay Escopa while Bistekville IV will be in Barangay Culiat.
Palma further said actual design of the housing units for the two additional socialized housing projects has already been prepared.
Meanwhile, the Quezon City Association of Filipino-Chinese Businessmen Inc. led by its president Bobby Chua-Ching has vowed to finance 10 units of pro-poor housing projects in either of the two socialized housing sites.
Ching said it was their association’s commitment to the QC government to help in efforts to uplift the living conditions of informal settlers and boost the tourism industry in the city.
Other units will also be constructed under a public-private partnership arrangement like the Bistekville I with private partner Habitat for Humanity and Bistekville II with Phinma, according to Palma.
“Mayor Bautista indeed wants to fast-track the development of his socialized housing projects to provide decent resettlement homes for the city’s underprivileged residents, particularly the responsible poor,” Palma said.
Aside from socialized housing, the Bautista administration will also build housing units in Cubao which will be rented out to the city’s public school teachers at affordable price.
The project under the city’s Housing and Urban Renewal Authority Inc. will be constructed in a 2,000-square meter lot on Kalantiaw Street, Project 4, also in the city. Arlie O. Calalo