NHA to construct initial houses before yearend PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 14:38

The National Housing Authority (NHA) regional office 9, which is now in custody of the P2.566 billion rehabilitation funds, has targeted six months period or at least before yearend within which to finish the construction of substantial number of housing units for the internally displaced persons (IDPs).

NHA Regional Director Al Indanan told a news conference in City Hall Monday that as per instruction of the President they will have to finish the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the siege-affected areas in 6 to 18 months.

“But our target is to construct at least substantial number of housing units in 6 months or before the yearend,” Indanan said, citing legal issues that have to be resolved yet in the purchase of lots that will be developed.

He said of the total P2.566 billion rehabilitation funds for the Zamboanga siege, about P800 million was allocated to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for the construction of road networks, drainage systems and other related infrastructures.

He added the amount of P49.83 million was allocated for home materials assistance to 1,661 families, who opted to reconstruct their houses by themselves. This assistance will be ready for release to the beneficiaries on or before the end of March.

“We hope to finish the distribution of this assistance (home materials) in 2 to 3 weeks’ time next month,” Indanan said. “We are now preparing and complying with the paper works,” he added.

The NHA, Indanan further said, is also set to construct 1,152 two-storey building units, 1,189 duplex units worth P482.88 million and 3,241 houses-on-stilts worth P486.15 million in addition to substantial allocations for the purchase of the 38-hectare property to be developed for housing.

“Yes, the funds are with us and we already have allocated them for the different projects as planned,” the NHA official said.

“The NHA is currently on the ground conducting surveys on the different housing sites and subdivisions,” he added.

He said surveys have already been done on Martha Drive, Paniran Resettlement and they are about to submit within the week the St. Peter Subdivision Homeowners Association, Muslim-Christian Subdivision Homeowners Association, Lustre Homeowners Association and the Islamic Village Homeowners Association.

“We are hoping to complete all these things, but we are dependent on how fast we can complete the surveys and acquisition of other targeted sites. We have to relocate each and every subdivision and what makes it tedious is we have to relocate the individualized lots. So, we have to be sure and we have to secure waivers from the homeowners because we will still conduct clearing activities for the lots we are supposed to develop,” Indanan explained. — Vic Larato