• GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Almost 1,000 families of informal settlers and government employees are expected to benefit from the joint venture agreement between the city government and Pag-IBIG, establishing the 12-hectare Tiglawigan Village in Cadiz City, Negros Occidental.
Mayor Salvador Escalante Jr. disclosed yesterday that 710 lots are up for grabs by government employees in Cadiz, especially the City Hall employees, through Pag-IBIG Fund financing. About 400 employees initially signified their intention to avail of it.
Escalante also announced that the 55 families affected by the housing project will also be given lots, free of charge, at the back of Tiglawigan Village, where two hectares have been allocated for informal settlers to avail of disturbance compensation.
Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson and Pag-IBIG Fund Trustee Anthony Cesar Arellano yesterday led the groundbreaking rites of the Tiglawigan Village, followed by the signing of memorandum of understanding between the Cadiz City government, led by Escalante and Pag-IBIG Fund officials, in Brgy. Tiglawigan, Cadiz City.
Brgy. Tiglawigan in Cadiz City is home to several crab meat factories and beach resorts.
Escalante disclosed that Tiglawigan Village, which is has a beach front, will soon be developed into a commercial and recreational area.
Beneficiaries of the housing project may avail of a house and lot package priced at about P580,000, with the lot area being offered ranging from 100 to 180 square meters.
With regard to transportation, Escalante said they will utilize E-tricycles once the community is established.
The city government of Cadiz purchased 21 hectares in the area through land banking. Twelve hectares are allocated for the housing project, and the remaining nine hectares are reserved for other government projects.
Lacson, who congratulated the Cadiz City government, Pag-IBIG Fund, and Rep. Alfredo Marañon III for initiating the laudable housing project, assured them of the provincial government support, in order to achieve a common desire to make decent housing available to Negrenses, at an affordable cost.
“May we all continue to develop our beloved and environmentally gifted Cadiz City into a socially and economically-well developed City, with well-rounded and productive Cadiznons and government employees, ready and able to take part in nation building,” Lacson said in his speech.
Sagay City Councilor Arthur Marañon represented his brother, Rep. Alfredo Marañon III, in the activity.*