ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/28 January) – The national government, through the National Housing Authority (NHA), is constructing houses for some 390 families in Sulu under the Bangsamoro Pabahay project.
The Bangsa Moro Pabahay Project is being undertaken by the NHA, the Department of Social and Welfare and Development (DSWD)-national, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and the provincial government of Sulu.
The project is also part of the commitment of the Aquino administration to address the housing needs of Filipinos here in Mindanao.
Vice-President Jejomar Binay, also the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) chair, said that beneficiaries of the project include residents recently deported from Sabah, Malysia.
“The national government and the local government of Sulu have signed a Memorandum of Agreement to provide decent, affordable housing units to our Muslim kababayans,” Binay said in an e-mailed statement Saturday.
NHA General Manager Chito Cruz, Sulu Gov. Abdusakur Tan and other NHA–Mindanao project managers and officers attended the MOA signing.
“We want to ensure they will have a home they could call their own. We hope this would encourage them to stay here and not risk going to other countries by illegal means,” Binay added.
The DSWD–ARMM and the Sulu provincial government chose the 74,364.15 square meters from the 25-hectare NHA property in Barangay Anuling, Patikul, Sulu for the Bangsa Moro Pabahay project site in Barangay Anuling, Patikul, Sulu.
Around 46,991.25 square meters was initially allocated for the project, but it was increased following an October 10, 2011 memorandum request to Cruz for an additional 110 lot allocation for residents displaced by flash floods in Jolo.
The DSWD-National released some P4.5 million for the construction of 180 core shelter units for the family-beneficiaries in Sulu, 100 units for those living in flood-prone and danger areas and the additional 110 lots for those displaced by floods. (MindaNews)