Govt, Ayala partner to build housing for informal settlers

The government has teamed up with a listed real estate firm in the country to provide housing to nearly 3,000 informal settler families.

The Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD), Ayala Land Inc., and the local government of Bataan recently broke ground on the 1Bataan Village in Orion.

The project intends to construct 2,936 housing units for informal settler families and fire victims. This would translate to a total of 12,000 individual Filipino beneficiaries.

It will also serve as a resettlement site for families living along danger zones across the province.

The project will be undertaken by DHSUD-attached agency National Housing Corp. and Ayala Land through its incentivized compliance to balanced housing program.

It was December last year when DHSUD and Bataan finalized a memorandum of agreement. Under this, DHSUD and NHA will lead the land development for the construction of six three-story buildings on the housing site acquired by the Bataan government.

Housing chief Eduardo Del Rosario maintained that shelter is a right of every Filipino family.

Del Rosario maintained that the government aims to ensure that no substandard housing project is built for Filipinos.

DHSUD has been initiating land development of housing projects that were finalized with local government units nationwide in partnership with key shelter agencies and developers from the private sector.