DHSUD chief signs agreement with Bacolod LGU to build 10K housing units
BACOLOD CITY — Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) Secretary Jose Rizalino Acuzar committed on Saturday, September 3, to provide Bacolod City with the funds to build 10,000 housing units for the poor in three years.
Bacolod Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez and Acuzar signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) at the Bacolod City Government Center (BCGC) to develop housing projects for the residents of Bacolod, especially the Informal Settler Families (ISF), by pooling together their technical, financial, and manpower resources.
The groundbreaking for constructing the 10,000 housing units in three Bacolod sites may start in October.
The 10,000 housing units for Bacolod will be part of the DHSUD’s “Pambansang Pabahay Para Sa Pilipino: Zero ISF Program for 2028,” which aims to build six million housing units during the administration of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.
“Your mayor is an expert on housing, Bacolod is lucky with the housing program he is proposing,” Acuzar said.
Benitez, for his part, said the city would provide affordable housing units for the different market segments of society depending on what they can afford.
“This is a very historic event in terms of our dream to have decent and affordable housing for every Bacolodnon. This is history in the making where Bacolod will be the pilot and model for things to come in our housing industry,” the mayor said.
Councilor Vladimir Gonzalez, chairman of the Sangguniang Panlungsod committee on the urban poor, housing, and resettlement, said the construction of five-story housing buildings in three sites in Bacolod will be fast because they will be using the prefabricated concrete modular method.
They aim to build 7,599 housing units at Purok Arao in Barangay Vista Alegre, 2,268 in Barangay Banago, and 2,048 in Barangay 8, Gonzalez said.
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