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Inter-agency committee for tuba resettlement project finalizes guidelines

by SC Aro

La Trinidad, Benguet (6 February) -- The Local Inter-Agency Committee (LIAC) for the Tuba resettlement project is on the process of finalizing guidelines for the families affected by typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng in Baguio and Benguet who may avail of the housing project in Tadiangan, Tuba.

National Housing Authority Region I/CAR Senior Community Relations Officer Aida Daiwey said the inter-agency committee crafted a selection criteria for applicants as there were only limited units available.

Daiwey said the local governments of Baguio City and Benguet submitted a list of more than 1,000 each whose houses were damaged or in danger areas.

One of the basic criterion in the selection of a housing beneficiary is that the family must be an owner and actual occupant of structure affected by typhoon Ondoy and Pepeng either totally, partially damaged and those living in danger areas as identified by the concerned LGU and the Department of Environment and N=natural Resources Mines and GeoSciences Bureau (DENR-MGB).

The applicant must not be a recipient or beneficiary or awardee of any housing project from the government and must not own any buildable residential and real state properties in urban or rural areas.

The applicant must be a resident of Baguio and Benguet, must not be a professional squatter or member of any professional squatting syndicate and must be a Filipino citizen, of legal age and head of family.

Daiwey said NHA already approved the project and construction of housing units will commence within the first quarter of the year.

The resettlement project of the NHA involves 6.42 hectares buildable area as identified by the DENR-MGB in its geohazard mapping earlier conducted as to the stability of the area.

A total of 445 units of row house will be built in the identified area. Each unit has a total area of 40 square meters and floor area of 21.20 square meters.

Daiwey said beneficiaries to the housing project will pay minimal amount with escalating amortization for 30 years. Monthly payment will be spread out as follows: P250.00 for the first five years, P475.00 for the next 6-10 years, P625.00 for the succeeding 11-15 years, P780.00 for 16-20 years, P880.00 for 21-25 years, and finally P1,014.60 for 26-30 years. Payment will start one year after relocation or occupancy.

The LIAC is composed of the provincial government of Benguet and the city government of Baguio as lead agencies and the NHA, HUDCC, DSWD, DENR, OCD and PCUP as members.

A sub-committee of LIAC shall act on disputes arising from the award of homelots to safeguard the rights of the qualified beneficiaries and shall have jurisdiction to hear and decide case relative to the guidelines and related matters.

Moreover, NHA is also calling the attention of the recipients of the housing project Phase II also located in Tadiangan, Tuba who have not paid their regular dues otherwise their initial payments will be forfeited and the units will be offered to the typhoon victims.

In a related development, Governor Nestor Fongwan said a 3.3 hectare in Tawang, La Trinidad identified as relocation site of the typhoon victims of Ondoy and Pepeng was already approved in principle. The area is a property of the Benguet State University.

Earlier, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo directed Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Commissioner Angeles to look into the property of the BSU for possible relocation sites of typhoon victims. (PIA) [top]

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