80 families living in Mandaue ‘danger zones’ get new homes

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EIGHTY families that had been forced out of their previous communities as they were living in danger zones can finally experience new lives.

This after the Mandaue City Government led by Mayor Jonas Cortes and officials of Habitat for Humanity Philippines (HFH-Ph) conducted a turnover of 80 housing units for these families in Zone Ahos in Barangay Paknaan on Tuesday, July 12, 2022.

Each beneficiary will receive a two-story house situated in a 28-square-meter property.

Lala Baldelovar, HFH-Ph’s chief development officer, said their organization facilitated the construction of the houses while the Mandaue City government provided the property and identified and screened the beneficiaries.

The beneficiaries of the houses are members of homeowners associations (HOAs) in the city who were removed from some areas that are prone to flooding and landslides, Baldelovar said.

Sweat equity

She said the houses are on a rent-to-own basis for 25 years.

Baldelovar said the homeowners would have to render “sweat equity” on top of the minimal payment of about P2,000 to P3,000 per month that they would pay to sustain their homes.

As a form of sweat equity, household owners can choose to help clean their surroundings, ensure the security of the entire community, or do construction-related work that is open to the whole family.

Beneficiaries will also undergo capacity development training to ensure that they are capable of managing their households and community, Baldelovar added.

Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes said having sweat equity is essential for the owners to attain a sense of belongingness.

Cortes is also looking into putting a police detachment in the area for added security.

The housing units are in line with the city’s Paknaan Housing Project, which was initiated in 2011 as a project of the city government in partnership with the private sector to relocate about 1,200 residents under 12 HOAs near the city’s danger zones.

In 2015, the City turned over housing units to 465 families within a 6.5-hectare relocation site in the same barangay.

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