DAVAO CITY – The construction of the PHP20-million housing project from the National Housing Authority intended for 100 members of the Indigenous Peoples (IP) in Sto. Tomas, Davao del Norte commenced on Thursday, officials said.In a statement, Mayor Ernesto Evangelista said the housing… Read More
The National Housing Authority 11 (NHA 11) turned over on August 20, 2021, its latest housing project for the Indigenous People (IP) —100 housing units to the members of the Ata-Manobo tribe in Sitio Mesolong, Barangay Sto. Niño, Talaingod municipality in Davao del Norte.
The housing units in the P200-million Balai Pig Imim’manan or Balay Gipangandoy project, costing P200,000 each on a 22.50-sqm lot, will be given out free to the IPs;
Free housing for the IPs in remote areas is a campaign promise of President Rodrigo Duterte.
Apart from Balai Imim’manan, NHA 11 has also completed two other housing projects for the Indigenous People in Talaingod : Lumad Housing in Sitio Paiton, Barangay Dagohoy with 102 housing units and the Balai Ugpaanan in Sitio Gatong Barangay Palma Gil with 100 housing units.
Four more housing units for IPs are to be constructed in in Talingod: Ang Balai Himulayanan in Sitio Lomondong Barangay Dagohoy, Balai Pamanoykan in Sitio Cuyas, Balai Hirogo-Unan in Sitio Basak Barangay Sto Niño and Balai Hibatanan in Sitio Central Baugan Barangay Palma Gil.
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Office of the Presidential Peace Adviser on the Peace Process (OPPAP) Secretary Carlito G. Galvez, Jr. and Governor Edwin Jubahib led on August 16 the turn-over of housing units to 68 members of the Indigenous People in Davao del Norte.
The beneficiary of the housing units in Sitio Tibucag, Dagohoy, Talaingod, were members of the Ata-Manobo tribe who returned to their village after years as evacuees at the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) Haran Center in Davao City.
The housing project is a program of President Rodrigo Duterte tp provide adequate shelter for the IPs in remote villages.
NHA to build 400 houses for IPs in Talaingod
The National Housing Authority in Region 11 (NHA-11) would build around 400 houses for the members of the Ata Manobo tribe in Talaingod, Davao del Norte. Read More
The housing units in BarangayDagohoy constructed by the NHA is funded from a PHP80 million fund for the construction of housing for the IPs in four housing sites inTalaingod.
The projects are the Balai Himulayanan in Barangay Dagohoy, Balai Hibatanan in Barangay Palma Gil, Balai Pamanoykan in Sitio Cuyas, Barangay Sto. Niño and the Balai Hirogo-Unan housing in Sitio Basak, Barangay Sto. Niño.
At the groundbreaking rites and time capsule laying of the Balai Hirogo-Unan housing project in Sitio Basak, Barangay Sto. Niño in 2020, NHA-11 regional manager, Engr. Zenaida M. Cabiles, said housing for the IPs, is the fulfillment of Duterte’s election promise to provide adequate shelter for the Indigenous People .
BY JOANNA C. BALANZA
Survivors of last year’s tragic flood that killed 34 people in Davao City may no longer fear a similar incident: the Davao City government would soon implement a P20 million housing fund for THE survivors whose houses along the Matina Creek and other affected areas were swept away by the June 29, 2010 floods.
Davao City councilor Arnolfo Cabling said the Davao City Council has approved a P7 million counterpart fund to the P20 million the National Housing Authority (NHA) released for the flood victims.
Two hundred units of low-cost housing at P100,000 each for the surviving families would be built from the fund in the Los Amigos, Tugbok resettlement site of the local government.
On the night of June 29 last year, rampaging waters, dumped by a freak tornado upland of the city, overflowed the Matina Creek, sweeping houses mostly along the bank of the creek.
Thirty four bodies were recovered a day later as Dabawenyos woke up to face up to the worst flooding that hit the city. Three areas—Matina, Bangkal and Talomo— were inundated by the flood that in some areas reached rooftops. The worst hit was Matina.
By ROGER M. BALANZA