(The Philippine Star) | Updated February 21, 2014 - 12:00am
MANILA, Philippines - The groundbreaking for phase two and additional units in phase one of Parañaque City’s socialized housing project supported by DMCI Homes was held recently at the relocation site for informal settlers in Barangay La Huerta.
Mayor Edwin L. Olivarez, Parañaque Rep. Eric L. Olivarez and officials of DMCI Homes, Rotary Homes Foundation (RHF), Habitat for Humanity Philippines (HFHP), Couples for Christ Answering the Cry of the Poor (CFC Ancop) and South Metro Manila iHome Foundation (iHome) led the ceremonial capsule laying and shoveling for the second phase of the Bagong Parañaque Housing Project (BPHP) and additional 51 housing units in the site’s first phase called Parañaque Ancop Rotary Homes 1 (PAR Homes 1).
Vice Mayor Rico Golez, local officials involved in the project, home beneficiaries and a musical band also graced the Monday afternoon ceremony that included a prayer and blessing of the groundbreaking spots.
Mayor Olivarez thanked DMCI Homes for sponsoring the building of 90 homes in the 132-home PAR Homes 1 and 100 more units in the second phase.
“Phase 1 one is not yet complete and yet you are back again helping us do phase 2,” the mayor said during the event that formed part of the city’s weeklong celebration of its 16th cityhood anniversary. “Indeed, if we are together and united, we can raise the status of living of our countrymen.”
DMCI Homes vice president for legal affairs Roel Pacio described the ceremony as the fulfillment of the company’s part in the project located in a five-hectare property within the Don Galo estuary and C-5 Extension road.
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“It is our aspiration that these informal settlers will have a real home to later fulfill their dreams and have a better life,” Pacio said.
He assured that DMCI Homes, through its corporate social responsibility program called Kaakbay, shall continue to be a partner in the noble task of helping the underprivileged.
DMCI Homes donated in March 2013 P9 million for the construction of 90 homes in Phase 1 of the project. Last month, the property developer turned over P14.7 million in donation to Mayor Olivarez to fund the construction of 100 homes in Phase 2.
Also thanking DMCI Homes were Sid Garcia, chairman of RHF, which is implementing the first phase of the BPHP together with CFC Ancop; Charlito Ayco, CEO of HFHP, which will implement phase two together with iHome; and residents represented by PAR Homeowners Association C-5 Extension president Warren Fernando.