The Silay City government and the Habitat for Humanity Philippines Foundation Inc. signed a memorandum of agreement yesterday for a multi-million housing project in Brgy. E Lopez, Silay City, a press release from the city said.
The MOA signed by SilayMayor Mark Andrew Arthur Golez, and Managing Director Michael Meaney of HHPF, covers the construction of an initial 100 units of cement-bamboo frame housing units in 10 months, at an estimated cost of P45 million.
Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3 rd District), chair of the House Committee on Housing and Urban Development, and Lili Fuentes, project director of Habitat, signed as witnesses.
The duplexes will be constructed at the BonBon Resettlement Project Phase 3, that was developed by the Silay City government with financial assistance from the National Housing Authority under the LGU Resettlement Assistance Program, the press release said.
In his message before the signing, Golez thanked Habitat for the project that, he said, will be a big help to the less fortunate of the City.
Meaney said he is looking forward to a strong partnership between Habitat and Silay City.
The MOA initially covers 100 units but Habitat is committed to raise funds to complete the construction of 546, including some community facilities.
Benitez welcomed the project and also shared some sustainable initiatives being piloted in some housing sites, such as, the provision of water to the households using solar-powered driven pumps.
Present at the signing ceremony were Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, Francisco Benitez, President of the Philippine Women's University, Vice Mayor JoedithGallego, City Administrator Ryan Montoro, and councilors Linda Caja and Tom Ledesma of the committee on housing.
Lacson said he is glad to know that bamboo will be used in the project, as Negros Occidental currently has a strong advocacy to promote bamboo.
E. B. Magalona Mayor Malacon, who was at the MOA signing, with the municipal councilors, said he is hopeful that with their efforts in housing, in coordination with Municipal Planning Officer Erwin Poniado, they will also be future partners of Habitat
Other guests included Judges DynaTrocio, Ana Bernad and Eunice Cuansing, and members of I-HOME-Bacolod, the press release added.*
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