NHA lauds two housing projects in Pangasinan

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan — The National Housing Authority (NHA) hailed the Pangasinan provincial government led by Governor Amado I. Espino III for efficient implementation of its existing housing program in Lingayen.

NHA General Manager Marcelino P. Escalado Jr. lauded the 2nd phase of the Maniboc socialized housing for employees/teachers and the Aplaya West Resettlement Project intended to shelter the ‘poorest of the poor.’

Escalada recently came to Pangasinan and visited the two housing sites located at Barangay Maniboc and Sitio Aplaya in Barangay Pangapisan Norte of Lingayen town.

He said these projects are concrete manifestation of how the national government and the local government units (LGUs) are cooperating, noting that both were set up jointly by the NHA and the provincial government.

Escalado said that the NHA is doing its best to redirect its thrust and focus by capacitating all LGUs.

He stressed that the project is an obvious manifestation of empowerment and cooperation of the provincial government.

“If we are able to replicate this project, we will be able to address problems on illegal settlers,” Escalada said as he specifically pertained to the resettlement project.

In lauding the provincial government, Escalada also commended the housing designs noting that it meets certain standards like gender-sensitivity, flexibility and comfort of the design.

“It is not only a house but it is also a home where people can live and children can participate,” he added.

Land clearing and development for the housing project which consists of 317 units started last year during the term of former Governor now 5th district representative Amado T. Espino, Jr. Its physical accomplishment to date is about 70 percent.

Meanwhile, Angelito Pedeglorio, PHUDCC officer-in-charge of the Pangasinan Urban Housing Development Coordinating Council (PHUDCC) said the project is intended as resettlement site to accommodate families living along danger zones like the Agno River bank.

The project costs over P12 million, of which the NHA will shoulder more than P9.3 million while the province’s fund share amounted to P3.4 million.

Meanwhile, the provincial government started its clearing of site operations two weeks ago for the 2nd Phase Villa Maniboc socialized housing which target date of land development completion is 180 days. Leonardo Micua/PNA-northboundasia.com