VALENZUELA CITY – Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario on Thursday graced the turnover of housing units to the first batch of beneficiaries in the city’s Disiplina Village Lingunan.
The housing project that features 22 medium-rise buildings erected on a 2.5-hectare lot is a joint venture between the local government, the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) and the Gawad Kalinga Foundation. It is the third Disiplina Village established in Valenzuela City to house informal settler families (ISFs) relocated from the city’s riverbanks and from under the NGCP’s transmission lines, as well as those affected by government projects and natural disasters.
In his message, Secretary Del Rosario stressed that the government, through the DHSUD, is always ready to assist local government units (LGUs) and the private sector in providing sustainable shelters to all Filipinos, especially the underprivileged.
“We at DHSUD consider housing as a right of everyone and homeownership is an option, meaning if eligible recipients are now able to raise their social status, they have a choice to return their housing unit to the government and afford a better one that can accommodate their respective needs,” Secretary Del Rosario said.
“It is the responsibility of the government to help members of the public to enjoy the right to shelter,” he noted, adding that such housing schemes are also meant to ensure that no Filipino family will live in danger zones across the country.
The housing czar cited the Valenzuela City LGU, led by Mayor Rex Gatchalian, for its pro-active efforts to resettle constituents to safer grounds like the latest Disiplina Village in Barangay Lingunan. He stressed that Valenzuela City’s housing program shows the good governance prevailing in the highly urbanized area.
The inaugurated Disiplina Village Lingunan, strategically located in the highly industrial part of the city, will house 792 families who formerly lived under NGCP transmission lines.
Mayor Gatchalian, Vice-Mayor Lorie Natividad-Borja, officials of Gawad Kalinga and NGCP, as well members of the city council, were present during the event. Mayor Gatchalian, meanwhile, called on beneficiaries to respect and abide by the village rules as he assured them of more support. “From now on, stop considering yourselves as ISFs, you are now homeowners,” the city mayor told beneficiaries.
The Disiplina Village concept aims to serve as a model scheme for other LGUs in relocating ISFs from high-risk zones to sustainable, resilient and safe housing communities. (30)