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Displaced Bataan fisherfolk to get housing units from gov’t

/ 02:04 PM February 03, 2020
Bataan Gov. Albert Raymond leads the groundbreaking ceremony for the P191-million worth of housing project

Bataan Gov. Albert Raymond leads the groundbreaking ceremony for the P191-million worth of housing project that will rise in Orion, Bataan and benefit some 1,000 fishermen displaced by a fire last year. Photo by Greg Refraccion

ORION, Bataan — A P191-million government-funded housing project will benefit some 1,000 fishermen displaced by fire here last year, local officials said.

The housing facilities will rise in a 6-hectare property purchased by the local government in the fishing village of Daang Pare here.

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Representatives of the National Housing Authority (NHA), along with local officials, on Saturday led the groundbreaking ceremony for the housing project.

The project, dubbed “1Bataan Village”, is co-funded by the NHA and the local government.

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On Jan. 29 last year, a huge fire razed the fishermen’s houses at Sitio Depensa in Barangay Capunitan, prompting the municipal government to declare a state of calamity.

The fire victims were then evacuated to the nearby Bataan School of Fisheries where many of them are still staying.

“This is where [the displaced] residents can live. It’s near the place of their source of livelihood, which is fishing. It’s also close to schools and it will be surrounded with CCTV (closed-circuit television),” Gov. Albert Raymond Garcia said.

Mayor Tonypep Raymundo said the housing project is composed of 2,872 3-storey buildings that can accommodate at least 2,872 dwelling units.

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