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NEW HOMES FOR 100 FAMILIES IN SURALLAH – BENDITA

Some 100 informal settler families in Surallah, South Cotabato will finally settle into their “dream homes” with the completion of a P25-million resettlement housing project in the area funded by the National Housing Authority (NHA).

NHA officials formally turned over to the municipal government recently the 100 newly completed housing units that were built in the 3.5-hectare Kasadya Village Phase 1 in Barangay Dajay, Surallah.

“The housing project will mainly benefit residents belonging to the poorest of the poor who were in identified disaster danger zones.”

Surallah Mayor Antonio Bendita said the housing project will mainly benefit residents belonging to the poorest of the poor who were in identified disaster danger zones in parts of the town.

Bendita said he pushed for the development of a resettlement area for the affected families when he first assumed as mayor in 2013 and moved for the purchase of the site.

The municipality acquired a five-hectare lot in Barangay Dajay worth P1.9 million, with 3.5 hectares allotted for the housing project.

The mayor, now on his third term, said they coordinated the project with the NHA, which approved a P25 million grant in 2018 under its Resettlement Assistance Program to Local Government Units (RAP-LGU).

The municipal government of Surallah released some P3 million, aside from site, as project equity.

“These are the dream houses of our beneficiaries.”

“It took us six to seven years but we’re very happy that this has finally materialized. These are the dream houses of our beneficiaries,” he said during the turnover ceremony.

Bendita assured that the housing units will be awarded to the beneficiaries through a usufruct agreement.

“The recipients cannot sell or mortgage their housing units as these are the sole property of the municipality,” he stressed.

The completed housing project is the first of the two RAP-LGU grants approved so far by the NHA for the area.

The municipality signed a memorandum of agreement with the agency last March for the release of an additional P25 million for the construction of 65 to 100 housing units in the same site under the Kasadya Village Project Phase II.

A project briefer said each housing unit, which was built in an 80-square meter lot, costs P280,000.

It has a floor area of 25 square meters and already has a ceiling, wall partition, steel casement windows, painted outer walls, and complete water and power connections.

In a statement, Zenaida Cabiles, NHA-Region 12 (Soccsksargen) manager, expressed satisfaction over the quality of the housing units, especially in terms of workmanship.

Cabiles said Kasadya Village Phase 1 is the first project in the region under the new terms of the RAP-LGU.

“It will be the benchmark for other LGUs in the region opting (for) housing construction under RAP,” she added. 

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