to: Ms. Dale Zapata
Fil-Chinese business chamber
Backs De Castro’s shelter program
02 September 2005
THE largest ethnic-based business organization in the
country recently demonstrated its support for the national housing
program currently spearheaded by Vice-President and Housing and Urban
Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) concurrent Chairman Noli
‘Kabayan’ De Castro.
De Castro said that the Federation of Filipino-Chinese
Chambers of Commerce and Industry Inc. (FFCCCI) committed the other day
to donate a school for the children of former informal settlers from
the Northrail right of way now residing in Northville 6.
According to De Castro, the move is proof of the growing
interest of the private sector to partner with the government in
sheltering millions of homeless and under privileged Filipinos.
“This only shows that our friends in the private sector
believe in the importance and urgency of the government’s shelter
thrust. I thank FFCCCI for lending us a helping hand in making the
lives of our poor countrymen better,” he said.
FFCCCI president Francis Chua joined De Castro in the
groundbreaking and capsule laying ceremonies for the two classroom-size
schools to be built in a 1,156 square meter lot area situated at the
rear portion of the Northville 6.
The project, with an estimated cost of a little more than
P300,000, is expected to be finished in less than a month, according to
Bobby Lim, director for the Welfare Committee of
Lim said there is a big possibility that FFCCCI would
replicate the project in other Northville communities as the federation
sees it as an opportunity to contribute its members’ share in
“I believe the Vice-President and Mr. Chua are currently
discussing the matter,” he said.
Lim said the FFCCCI plans to add two more classrooms for the
school in Northville 6 next year to accommodate more children.
Meanwhile, De Castro lauded the National Housing Authority
(NHA) for job a well done in Northville 6 where the completion rate
stood at almost 50 percent.
NHA general manager Federico Laxa reported to De Castro that
out of the 1,141 families to be relocated from the railways of
Baranggay Longos, more than 500 families are already sheltered at the
Rico Abueva, NHA project manager for Balagtas, Bulacan, said
the project might be completed before the end of September, a month
earlier than the October target.
Castro likewise awarded certificates of lot allocation to the newly
relocated railway families during simple ceremonies also attended by
local government officials from Bulacan led by Balagtas mayor Reynaldo
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