A couple of years after it opened its first relocation site for informal settler families (ISFs) in the city, the Valenzuela City local government is building another one, an 89-building housing project that would accommodate more than 3,000 families.
City Mayor REX Gatchalian and National Housing Authority (NHA) General Manager Chito M. Cruz on Wednesday, February 12, at the Disiplina Village – Ugong, signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that states the role of each agency in the construction of the Disiplina Village – Bignay.
Vice President Jejomar Binay, also the Chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), was the guest of honor of the ceremonies.
Disiplina Village is the biggest in-city low-rise building relocation project in the Philippines today. It will be composed of 85 low-rise buildings on an 11-hectare piece of land in Barangay Bignay. It will accommodate 3,240 families coming from informal settler communities along the Tullahan River and other waterways in the city.
Mayor REX said that Disiplina Village - Bignay will be a “model community” with complete amenities.
Its site development plan, designed by the City Engineers Office, has provisions for a three-story multipurpose building that houses a fire station, police community precinct, and a health station; a chapel; a mortuary; three day care centers; four basketball courts; two playgrounds; and two parks. The community will also have its own jeepney terminal and materials recovery facility. The plan has also reserved space for an elementary school and a high school.
Mayor REX said the construction of the Disiplina Village - Bignay will begin this year and will be completed in 2016.
This housing program is part of President Aquino’s Five-Year In-city Resettlement Program that aims to transfer to relocation sites 104,000 ISFs from riversides and creeks in the National Capital Region. The program has a fund of PhP 10 billion.
Mayor REX said the local government has set a target of “zero ISFs along waterways in Valenzuela City by 2016.”
Meanwhile, the NHA also handed over to the local government 252 units in Disiplina Village - Ugong, an addition to the first 350 occupied units, which was funded by non-government organizations Dakilang Handog Foundation and Gawad Kalinga. Construction of 288 more units by the NHA is underway and will be finished by year’s end.