CEBU, Oct. 1 (PIA) --- Twenty-four housing projects in Central Visayas are scheduled to be finished by the end of 2020.
This was disclosed by Engr. Constancio Antiniero, officer in charge of the Cebu District Office of the National Housing Authority (NHA-7).
Antiniero said several factors have contributed to the slow implementation of the housing projects in the northern part of Cebu, one of which includes the connection of water sources in nearby local government units.
The Yolanda Housing Project has been completed in the areas of Tabuelan, Bantayan Island, Sta. Fe Cebu, and Daanbantayan, said Antiniero during the Kapihan sa PIA forum at the Philippine Information Agency Regional Office 7.
He said the project started two years after the onslaught of typhoon Yolanda as NHA had to focus their efforts on providing houses in Tacloban which was hardest hit by the typhoon.
Another cause for the delay was the lack of water source in the housing area.
Antiniero said they were able to get a temporary connection to a local water source within the municipality.
NHA is currently negotiating with a permanent water source developer.
With this, 33 percent of the Yolanda Housing Project beneficiaries have already transferred to their designated housing units.
Early in September this year, Pres. Rodrigo Duterte was the guest of honor during the inauguration of another housing project in Naga City spearheaded by NHA and Housing and Land Regulatory Board (HLURB) in partnership with the city government and a private land developer.
During the groundbreaking, Duterte announced that the house and lot will be given to the beneficiaries for free.
Antiniero added that during their housing summit at the NHA central office, they were asked to provide all housing units as a full grant.
Housing units under the Yolanda Housing Project was originally priced at P200 per unit per month.
Now with the many beneficiaries enjoying their new homes, NHA-7 also shared that there are restrictions when it comes to staying in the low-cost subdivisions being developed.
One of the restrictions is that the houses provided should not be given up for rent and/or sale as well as transfer within 20 years.
Hog-raising within the subdivision is prohibited.
Construction of the 192 total units under the Naga City Housing Project will start soon, said Antiniero.
The said housing project sits on a two-hectare lot donated by the Province of Cebu, with each housing unit to occupy 40 square meters with a service area at the back part of the unit. (smb/PIA7)