PGMA turns over new housing units to Baseco residents
Manila (1 April) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo turned over today 1,000 units of newly-built houses to residents of the Baseco compound in Tondo, Manila as part of government efforts to provide affordable and decent shelter to poor Filipino families.
"Congratulations, you now have your own homes," the President declared as she turned over the symbolic key to Roger Balecoco, president of the Bagong Buhay Village Homeowners Association.
The President was briefed on her arrival by Habitat for Humanity president Alberto Jugo and former beauty queen and now co-chairman of the Friends of Habitat Margie Moran-Floirendo on the Bagong Buhay Village project while inspecting the ING Learning center.
The Chief Executive then made a tour inspection of the two Habitat for Humanity built model units owned by Mama and Noraida Tasil, and Raul and Jennifer Dagale at Block 1 Alley A.
The Baseco Bagong Buhay Village is a thriving and economically sustainable community with its own commercial center stores, salons and other service-oriented establishments.
The national government, through the Office of the President in cooperation with Habitat for Humanity and the city of Manila are working together in transforming the Baseco compound into a peaceful and developed community since it was once known as a depressed area where poverty and crime are very common.
A typical Habitat for Humanity house has a floor area of 24-30 square meters with lofts that serve as sleeping areas. Each unit costs P70,000 to P150,000 and can be paid for from 10-15 years at no profit and at zero interest, inflation adjusted mortgages.
Vice President Noli De Castro, Manila Mayor Lito Atienza, Habitat for Humanity President Alberto Jugo, Friends of Habitat co-chairman Margie Moran-Floirendo, and Barangay 649 chairwoman Teresita Lumactud were present in the rites.
The President then motored to Barangay 649, Zone 68 District 5, Bagong Lupa, Port Area and visited the ongoing medical and dental mission of the uniformed men and women of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
Defense Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane, Jr. told the President that the medical and dental mission is a weekly program of the AFP in depressed areas of Metro Manila.
Armed with medical equipment instead of guns, soldiers from the civil military operations battalion and civil military operations group of the Philippine Army (PA) conduct free medical and dental check-up, distributes free medicines, eye glasses, perform circumcision and reflexology treatments to Baseco residents. (OPS/PIA) [top]