Muntinlupa City gets P80M to house 200 families from danger zones | Inquirer News

Muntinlupa City gets P80M to house 200 families from danger zones

/ 03:18 AM June 22, 2016

The Muntinlupa City government received P80 million from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) for the construction of a permanent in-city settlement for informal settler families living along waterways, slums, creeks and other high-risk areas.

Interior Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento personally handed the check to Muntinlupa Mayor Jaime Fresnedi during a ceremony on Tuesday in Barangay Cupang, which was also attended by around 200 families who stand to benefit from the housing program.


The micro-medium-rise building project is to be constructed in a 1.5-hectare lot in East Kabulusan Property, also in Cupang. It will have nine buildings with 200 units measuring 29.25 square meters each.

East Kabulusan resident Noemi Pili, 55, said she and her four children couldn’t wait to move into their new home.




“I have been living near a creek since 1986 and during a heavy downpour or a typhoon, we would always evacuate to safer grounds,” Pili said, adding that having a permanent home safe from calamities is a dream of every family in their locality.

But the Pili family and the others may have to wait for a year or two. Muntinlupa Urban Affairs Office head Alita Ramirez said their target was to finish the housing project in 2017 to also give way to the construction of an access road in Cupang.

Sarmiento said almost all cities in Metro Manila had received subsidies from the DILG for the relocation of informal settlers. “We want them transferred to safe and decent shelters,”  the Cabinet official told reporters.

He stressed that the construction of safer homes for informal settler families, as well as the “Oplan Handa” disaster response campaign of the agency, is part of the Aquino administration’s urban renewal program.

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TAGS: Barangay Cupang, Department of the Interior and Local Government, DILG, Mel Senen Sarmiento, Muntilupa City, Muntinlupa Mayor Jaime Fresnedi
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