36 Tulungatung families get own houses and lots
by Vic Larato
Zamboanga City (13 February) -- At least 36 indigent families received their certificates of lot awards in a symbolic turnover ceremony Thursday afternoon at Tulungatung Townsite Resettlement Project area in Barangay Tulungatung, west of this city.
Mayor Celso Lobregat led the awarding rite together with Deogracias V. Maranga, provincial head coordinator of Gawad Falinga Foundation, Inc., Barangay Chairman Charlito A. Sumbrana and Rodrigo Pagotaisidro, Housing and Land Management Division officer of the city government.
In his message, Mayor Lobregat congratulated the house-and-lot beneficiaries and urged them to take care of their own homes and pay the monthly amortization so they can have the official land titles once fully paid.
"Don't sell these properties," Lobregat told the lot awardees, who labored the house construction through funding grant from GK Foundation while the city government provided the lot through donation from private owners.
Each housing unit has 40-sqm floor plan on a 60-sqm lot payable in 25 years to the city government. The beneficiaries provided the labor for the units under the "sweat equity" scheme and will do the same to other units to pay for their unit.
According to Pagotaisidro, GK Foundation plans to put up 30 more housing units duplex style, each costing between P60,00 and P65,000.
The Tulungatung Town site is one of the six resettlement sites developed by the city government under the City Development Strategy. The other sites are ZC Greenfield in San Roque, Mayor CCC at Shantytown in Luyahan, Pasonanca, Catalina Homes in Sta. Catalina, Mampang Resettlement Project and Azcuna Resettlement Project in Mercedes.
The city government is also aggressive in its housing and resettlement program aimed at alleviating the plight of the homeless and the landless by speeding up documentation, relocation of qualified beneficiaries, further development of the city's resettlement areas and strengthening assistance in terms of documentation of urban poor homeowners' associations. (CIO/PIA ZC) [top]