LINGAYEN, Pangasinan — Some 400 homeless residents here have applied to avail of the socialized housing projects being developed by the Pangasinan provincial government and the National Housing Authority (NHA) in Barangays Maniboc and Aplaya West, Lingayen.
This was bared by Angelito Pedeglorio, officer-in-charge of the Pangasinan Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Office (PHUDCO), who said all the applicants so far, are from Lingayen.
“We have a problem,” said Second District Provincial Board Member Raul Sison, adding that this provincial housing project assisted by NHA must be disseminated provincewide to attract other homeless citizens of Pangasinan other than those from Lingayen.
Pedeglorio identified these projects as the Villa Maniboc Socialized Housing Project Phase II where 129 units will soon be available, and the Aplaya West Resettlement Project where 317 units will soon be handed out to lucky applicants.
The Maniboc Housing Project II, comprising of 1.8 hectares and funded by the Sites and Services Program of NHA is part of a 5.5 hectare property segregated from the coverage of Presidential Proclamation No. 499 issued by then President Fidel V. Ramos.
This proclamation reserved the area for housing of homeless Pangasinan residents.
Of this segregated property, at least 3.7 hectares consisting of 257 home lots, were already awarded to qualified government employees under Phase I of the housing project.
Each unit in this housing projects costs PHP250,000, to be amortized monthly by the beneficiaries.
Meanwhile, the Aplaya West Resettlement Project has a land area of 2.4 hectares that were also earlier segregated from the coverage of Presidential Proclamation No. 499 through a resolution of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.
Each housing unit costs PHP400,000 to be amortized by the beneficiaries monthly. Leonardo Micua/PNA-northboundasia.com