Ms. Ronadale Zapata
VP NOLI TO HOUSING
BENEFICIARIES: DON’T SELL YOUR HOUSES
25 November 2005
VICES TALK ON HOUSING — Vice
President and Housing and Urban Development
(HUDCC) concurrent chairman Noli ‘Kabayan’ De Castro exchanges
views with Cavite vice-governor Jonvic Remulla on the development of
housing programs in the locality. The two officials met during the
awarding of certificates of title and lot entitlement and singing
ceremony for the donation of PDMC
properties in Rosario, Cavite last
Thursday. The affair was also attended by National Home
Mortgage and Finance Corporation (NHMFC) president Jopet Sison
(center) and local officials. photo
by Sunny Villafranca
Speaking before Caviteños during
the awarding of certificates of title and lot entitlement and signing
ceremony for the donation by the PNOC
Development and Management Corp. (PDMC)
properties in the town of Rosario the other day, De Castro urged the
beneficiaries to treasure and safeguard the houses provided to them by
“The houses provided to you by the government and PDMC are not
only benefits for a lifetime but a legacy that you can pass on to your
children and succeeding generations. Keep and take very good care of
them,” De Castro told the
De Castro lamented that there are housing beneficiaries under the
Northrail relocation program who are selling their newly acquired
houses. “For one reason or another, some of the families who were
relocated in the north are selling their houses. This worries me
because the government can’t afford to give them a second chance to
have their own very house and lot,” he added.
Instead of selling their houses, De Castro urged the relocates to
simply use their properties as a collateral to obtain small loans to
start a business and augment their sources of income.
“Napakalaking bagay po ang pagkakaroon ng lupa, dahil hindi lamang
po ito tirahan, kundi maaaring maging capital din para sa inyong
pag-unlad. Pwede ninyong gamiting kolateral iyan para makautang ng
pondong pang-negosyo,” De Castro said.
Supporting the Vice President’s view, Cavite vice governor Jonvic
Remulla said government efforts to bring a brighter future for the
homeless families would go to waste if they would turn the national
relocation program into a milking cow.
Remulla, one of the many local government officials nationwide who
vowed to support De Castro’s housing thrusts, called on
Caviteños and other leaders in the locality to unite for the
common goal of sheltering the homeless.
He lauded the Vice President for inspiring various local governments,
non-government organizations and peoples’ groups to get more involved
in housing as well as bringing the homeless’ dream of having their own
houses into reality.
“With the Vice President at the forefront of the battle against poverty
and homelessness, our people can be assured that the government is
serious in pursuing the national shelter program,” Remulla said.
Some 400 hundred families became instant beneficiaries of their own
house and lots during the awarding of certificates of titles for the
25-hectare property donated by the PDMC to the
government. The property serves as a socialized housing site for about
3,500 homeless families in Cavite.
Ref. VPMEDIA 05-181
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