More housing for gov’t employees

SOCIALIZED housing for government employees, including teachers and personnel in uniforms, is one of the priority projects of the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB) for 2018.
According to HLURB Southern Mindanao Region (SMR) Regional Director lawyer Miguel Palma Gil, they are currently pushing for a socialized government housing as after Republic Act 7279 also known as the Urban Development and Housing Act (UDHA) of 1992.

He said they are now waiting for the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) which will contain the official mandate for HLURB to take a positive role in providing government housing for the government employees.

Each proposed housing unit has a proposed floor area of 32 square meters (sq.m.) and a lot area ranging from 80 sq.m. to 100 sq.m.

This will be payable through Pag-ibig Fund loan at P2,300 per month for 25 years which will have an estimated total of P453,000.

Palma Gil said different provinces and cities in the region will be submitting proposals to HLURB for prospect locations of their socialized housing in their respective areas. This includes Compostela Valley, Davao Oriental, Digos City, and the Island Garden City of Samal.

In Davao City, a 20-hectare land in Lanang, Davao City is currently being eyed by the local government unit (LGUs) but is still for finalization, said Palma Gil. The respective LGUs will be the one to endorse and assess which land areas in their jurisdiction are fit to be converted into socialized housing. Important hazards and their respective land use plan will be considered.

Within the first quarter of the year, they plan to finally meet up with Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio to discuss the details of the socialized housing in the city.

“The units will be designed to be soundproof and fire-resistant. It is also foreseen to withstand a 6.5 Richter Scale magnitude earthquake supported with adhesive and posts. We target this resiliency to still increase by 7.5 to 7.8 magnitude. It’s indoor temperature can regulate 25 to 26 degrees Celsius,” he said adding what will be used is sandwich magnesium board sound-proof which means there would be less noise going in and out of the house. Once finished, he said, the units are going to be move-in ready.

When asked why the socialized housing for government employees is important and should be a priority, Palma Gil said a lot of these employees can barely afford their own housing and are still renting.
“Government employees deserve to come home to a house they can call their own and can also be afforded by average employees and not the high-ranking officials,” he said.
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