City gets hold of P78M NHA fund

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

THE Cebu City Government will not lose the P78-million fund from the National Housing Authority (NHA) that is for the relocation of families living along danger areas.

A few weeks before the year ends, the City Council gave Mayor Michael Rama authority to enter into a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with NHA 7 for the fund.

The resolution, which is authored by committee on housing chairperson Councilor Alvin Dizon, are among the requirements for the City to get the amount.

Earlier, NHA 7 told the City to use the P78 million because the amount will be forfeited if it fails to do so.


This is because the Department of Budget and Management has issued a memorandum that seeks to revert back unused funds from government agencies to the general fund of the National Government by January 2014.

The P78 million is the balance from the P100 million National Government Subsidy Releases under the Poverty Alleviation Fund of NHA which was made available to the City in 1998 yet.

The amount will be used by the City to build two-medium rise buildings at the Old Lorega Cemetery for families living within the three-meter easement of the Mahiga Creek. Each building will have 87 units.

In an interview yesterday, Dizon told Sun.Star Cebu NHA might release the amount for the City to use anytime soon since the City has already complied with all the documentary requirements.


Aside from the council resolution, the requirements include among others the plans and the program of works and estimates for the construction of the two-medium rise buildings.

Dizon said NHA 7 has already forwarded the City’s documents to NHA Manila, who will decide when the MOA signing will be and when the fund will be released.

“What really is important now is we were able to comply (with all the requirements) and that we will not forfeit the funds,” he said.


Dizon said the NHA has been asking the City to submit the requirements in 2011 yet.

“But it is better late than never. This is really a good pilot project for our socialized housing program for those living in danger zones,” he said.

In its session last Dec. 11, the council asked the Division for the Welfare of the Urban Poor (DWUP) who will identify the beneficiaries for the housing program and how much will be their monthly amortization.

DWUP chief Collin Rosell, who appeared before the council, said the beneficiaries of the housing program will be identified by DWUP and the Local Housing Board.

The beneficiaries will have to pay P2,000 for those who will stay at the fourth floor, P2,300 for those in the third floor, P2,500 in the second floor and P2,800 in the first floor.


The council asked if the beneficiaries can afford it, saying the monthly rental is just too high.

Rosell said that based on the socio-economic survey they conducted among Mahiga Creek residents, they can afford to pay P6,000 to P10,000 rental per month.

The council asked DWUP to submit to them the list of the beneficiaries for the housing project.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 01, 2014.

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