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1st batch of Bistekville beneficiaries get houses

Written by  Arlie O. Calalo
Tuesday, 03 July 2012 00:00 [ tribune.net.ph ]

Acting Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte led the turnover of the first batch of housing units at Bistekville II, one of Mayor Herbert Bautista’s first two socialized in-city housing projects designed to address the problem of informal settlements in the city.

Some 47 informal settler families affected by demolition in Barangays Escopa and Obrero constitute the first batch of awardees to the housing community in Barangay Kaligayahan, Belmonte told reporters.

The other Bistekville project is built in Barangay Payatas, the city’s Public Affairs and Information Services Office said.

Belmonte said the city government came up with a holistic program to make the Bistekville II housing project a truly genuine and livable community.

Provision for water and electrical connections, livelihood projects and scholarship grants for the children of the city’s housing beneficiaries were made.

The acting mayor was assisted by secretary to the mayor and QC socialized housing task force head Tadeo Palma during the awarding ceremony.

Meanwhile, Palma said that expansion of the city’s pro-poor housing program was in the pipeline. To date, negotiations are underway for the development of Bistekville III in Barangay Escopa, Bistekville IV in Barangay Culiat and Bistekville V also in Barangay Payatas.

“Mayor Bautista indeed wants to fast-track the development of his socialized-housing projects that will provide decent resettlement areas for the city’s underprivileged residents,” Palma said.
Bistekville II offers affordable homes which could be paid at a monthly amortization of P2,600.
Each dwelling unit has a lot area measuring 28 square meters, including a loft structure.

Program beneficiaries may avail of the P400,000 housing loan package offered by Pag-IBIG Fund, which they will pay over a maximum period of 30 years depending on the age of the borrower.

Palma said the mayor had worked hard to provide more livable communities for informal settlers living in danger areas such as sidewalks, roadways, waterways, under transmission lines and on water pipelines.

Earlier, Vice President Jejomar Binay lauded the QC government for initiating public-private partnerships for building pro-poor housing communities in the city.

Ramon Asprer, QC urban poor affairs office chief, said there were about 10,731 informal settler families living in identified danger areas in the city.
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