RETIRED employees of Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) are also being considered as possible beneficiaries of the agency’s future housing project in Cavite, agency chairman Oscar Inocentes said Sunday.

“If the space and our resources will permit it, retired employees of the agency who are qualified can also avail of this housing project. It is our way of showing our gratitude and appreciation for the services they have rendered,” Inocentes said.

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The proposed “MMDA Village” will rise on a 65-hectare lot located at Sitio Paligawang Matanda in Carmona, Cavite which was used as a sanitary landfill in the 1990’s.

The MMDA said only 17 hectares of land will be developed for the project, as these are the areas which were not used as garbage dumpsites.

Initial studies conducted by the agency’s Planning Division yielded various options as to the actual lot area per house and the number of probable units to be distributed.

The first option is to build 1,158 units of single-detached houses with a floor area of 56 square meters each while the second alternative is to build 1,388 units with a 40-square meter floor area.

However, wanting to accommodate all the 8,000 employees of the agency, Inocentes ordered the submission of a new proposal.

Likewise, Inocentes instructed his officials to formulate and present a post-closure plan as required by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for the issuance of the necessary permits for the development of the area.

“I will write to President (Gloria Macapagal) Arroyo to seek her help, specifically in developing and constructing roads within the area for easy access. I want this project to be given top priority because this is for the benefit of our workers,” the MMDA chief said.

The planned community will include all essential facilities such as school, chapel, and a clinic to cater to the needs of the future tenants.

Inocentes also promised that shuttle services will also be provided by the agency to ferry the employees to and from their work. (AH/Sunnex)