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VP Noli appeals to relocatees: DON’T LOSE HOUSING OPPORTUNITY
VICE President and concurrent Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC)
Chairman Noli ‘Kabayan’ De
Castro yesterday appealed to
beneficiaries of the government’s relocation program not to let go of their opportunity to
acquire their own house and
Castro said the housing program for the railway families affected by the Northrail
Project shall be applied only
once for each beneficiary.
Vice President and
Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) chairman
Noli "Kabayan" De Castro gives a big hug to an elderly woman who was one of
those earlier relocated to the
Northville 5 resettlement site in Brgy. Batia Bocaue. The Vice
President urged the relocated
residents to pool their resources and avail of much cheaper construction materials to
be able to save on cost.
(OVP photo by Egay Montana 10/06/05).
The vice-president made the appeal during an inspection of Northville 3 in Barangay
Bayogo, Meycauayan, Bulacan
after receiving reports that some relocatees in other resettlement areas
are selling the construction
materials intended for their houses.
Relocatees are provided by the National Housing Authority (NHA) a housing material loan
of P40,000 which is given to
them in cash on a staggered basis.
Based on NHA policy, the relocatees can get an initial amount of P10,000 for the purchase of
housing materials. Upon
presenting proof of purchase, they can avail another P10,000 to purchase
additional housing materials.
The process goes on until they have fully availed of the P40,000 allocation.
NOLI WITH A HOE. Vice President and concurrent Housing and Urban
Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) chairman Noli "Kabayan" De
Castro uses a hoe to test the texture of the land on which the houses
of relocated families will be built. Vice President De Castro,
during an inspection visit to the Northville 5 resettlement site in
Brgy. Batia Bocaue, urged the relocated residents to pool their
resources and avail of much cheaper construction materials to be able
to save on cost. (OVP photo by Egay Montana 10/06/05)
However, reports gathered by the NHA indicated that some poor families are selling the
construction materials that
they buy from stores. “Definitely, they would not be able to construct their
houses if this is the case,”
De Castro lamented. “Please be reminded that you will receive these benefits only
once. If you misuse them, you
won’t get another chance,” he added.
Meanwhile, the first 24 of more than 2,086 families scheduled to be relocated in Northville
3, in Barangay Batia, Bocaue,
Bulacan have already started
constructing their housing units.
Last week, De Castro instructed the developer to work double time in developing the
resettlement area because all
the families affected by the Northrail Project in Bocaue have to be relocated by
the end of October.
De Castro revealed that HUDCC is speeding up the relocation of the poor families in
Bulacan so that the Northrail
Project can start in November.
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