Teachers go 'home' shopping
Pasig City (13 February) -- The Department of Education (DepEd) stays committed to improving the living conditions of its 517,515 employees -- 471,837 of whom are teachers – through a housing fair.
"Giving our teachers the benefit they deserve, such as a house they can call their own, remains our paramount concern," said Education Secretary Jesli Lapus. Lapus noted that many teaching and non-teaching personnel do not have their own homes.
With that in mind, DepEd partnered with the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) and staged the first Housing Fair. Its central offices in Meralco Avenue, Pasig City plays venue for the event on February 13-15, 2008.
The DepEd Housing Fair will enable teachers and other DepEd personnel to have access to some of the most affordable housing units in the market today. The first Housing Fair eyes DepEd personnel from National Capital Region, Bulacan, Rizal, Cavite and Laguna. In NCR alone, more than 10,000 employees expressed interest in such a program.
In 1999 a study by SEAMEO INNOTECH revealed that 22% or 90,400 of the 405,973 teachers then do not own a house.
In a related development, DepEd signed recently a memorandum of agreement with Gawad Kalinga, Pag-IBIG Fund, and some pioneering local government units to undertake an affordable housing program for teachers who do not have a home of their own.
GK offers low cost housing where the homeowners themselves are involved in the construction of their future homes in a five hectare land provided by the partner LGU. One hectare will serve as academic, recreation, and productivity areas while the remaining 4 hectares will be used for the more than 200 lots at 150 sq. m. per lot. A typical house will have a 46 sq. m. floor area with high ceiling and a 26 sq. m. loft. Each house will have finished walls and tiled kitchen and toilet when they are turned over.
Beyond the construction, GK also implements projects that help enhance community living like livelihood programs and sports activities. A building for pre-school education is also part of the community package of GK for teachers. Recipients will only need to pay a monthly amortization of P1,300 for 25 years through Pag-IBIG. (DepEd) [top]