The provincial government of Davao Oriental has targeted a total of 50,000 housing units to be constructed in the next three years to address the housing backlog in the province.
Flordeliza Tabanao, Provincial Task Force on Socialized Housing Chief, said after the ground-breaking ceremony for the first batch covering Phases 1 to 3 of the project.
Tabanao added that the project was funded by the Socialized Housing Finance Corp.
Dabawenyo Atty. Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling is the president of the SHFC, the funding agency of the government’s social housing program.
With a lot area of 15 hectares, beneficiaries can own a 100-square-meter lot for PHP2,800 a month over 25 years.
The Provincial Housing Task Force has organized the beneficiaries, now called the Mandaya-Muslim-Bisaya Homeowners Association Inc., as instructed by Governor Nelson Dayanghirang.
In an interview with Tabanao on Friday, she said Phase 1 consists of 256 units, while Phase 2 has 247 units. There are 240 units in Phase 3 and 103 units on Phase 4.
“This is only the first batch. Rest assured that there will be more available units in the coming months. In fact, we will be drawing lots tomorrow (July 6) for the beneficiaries of the next batch,” she added.
The provincial government will prioritize residents in low-lying areas and those directly affected by the implementation of government projects.
“This is our way of helping our homeless populace. Any local resident can avail of the project as long as he does not own a house and lot. We do not want to deprive them of the opportunity to own their own house and lot,” Dayanghirang said.
The SHFC will pay the Tolentino family, who is the owner of the lot, in the next two months, and as such, construction of the houses will immediately start.
Tabanao said the beneficiaries can occupy their houses as soon as construction is completed next year.
The provincial government of Davao Oriental has appealed to the local government units to fast-track their compliance with the necessary documents so they can avail of the SHFC funding.
“They better do it quickly because the allocation of the SHFC is yearly and on a first-come, first-served basis. If they cannot do it, the provincial government will do it for them. This is how serious we are in helping them,” Dayanghirang said.