A HOME is vital to each citizen and each household. It is where love evolves and ripens.
It gives a sense of security to those who are privileged to own one and a sense of purpose and direction for those working to get one they can call their own.
Nowadays, owning a residence is costly due to the current economic condition, worsened by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Everywhere, there are thousands of homeless individuals.
But in Victorias City, tangible strides are being undertaken to provide the homeless with their own homes with the aid of the Local Government of Victorias City, the Office of 3rd District Rep. Jose Francisco "Kiko" Benitez and other concerned government agencies.
Last February 20, 2021, 730 legitimate Yolanda Housing beneficiaries from Villa Victorias Sites 1-4 received their validated Certificate of Housing Unit Allocation through the City’s 16th Wellness Program for Progress.
Each certificate bears a unique QR Code containing data that cannot be changed once generated and has a security feature that allows the bearer - beneficiary to ensure his or her identity and property.
This initiative of the Local Government Unit of Victorias led by Mayor Francis Palanca through the collaborative efforts of the Office of Committee Chair on Housing and Land Resettlement Councilor Derek Palanca, Task Force Yaweh jointly headed by Chief of Staff to the Mayor Mr. Danilo De Asis, Jr. and Mr. Roberto V. Macapagal, the Barangay Operations Section, and the Office of Congressman and Chair of the House Committee on Housing and Urban Development Cong. Kiko Benitez has come to fruition as the City recognizes the need for a long-term solution to provide resilient and safe housing for every Victoriahanon, especially the homeless, marginalized, and low-income families, thereby improving their quality of life.
This is also a part of the City’s corrective measures against the illegal sale of housing units which was uncovered through an entrapment operation initiated by the City in partnership with the Philippine National Police – Victorias last June 16, 2020.
Present during the Distribution of Certificates were Former Congressman Alfredo "Albee" Benitez, Congressman Kiko Benitez, Provincial Board Member Juvy Pepello, Victorias City Mayor Francis Frederick P. Palanca, Councilors Derek Palanca, JunB Bantug, Hermie Millan, Audie Malaga, Richard Julius Sablan, and Sheena Bagaforo, the Punong Barangays, NHA-Western Visayas Regional Manager Engr. Antonio P. Del Rosario, NHA Bacolod District Manager Engr. Alejandro M. Ongsuco, Chief Of Staff to the Mayor Mr. Danilo De Asis, Jr. and Barangay Operations Section Head Roberto V. Macapagal.