President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. led on Thursday two groundbreaking ceremonies for the construction of more than 20,000 housing units for residents of Camarines Sur as part of the government’s Pambansang Pabahay Para sa Pilipino (4PH) Program.
“Isa po ito sa mga proyekto ng aking administrasyon na nakaangkla sa ating layunin na mabigyan ng komportable, maayos, at disenteng buhay ang lahat ng ating kababayan,” President Marcos said in his speech during the groundbreaking for the construction of housing units on Panganiban Drive in Naga City.
“Ang pagkakaroon ng sariling bahay ay pangarap ng lahat ng Pilipino na nais magkaroon ng isang lugar kung saan sila makakapagsimula ng bagong kabanata ng kanilang buhay,” the President said.
This is the first housing project under the 4PH program that was entered into by the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) with a provincial government.
The Camarines Sur’s 4PH Project aims to build five residential towers with 11,880 housing units on a 6-hectare land on Panganiban Drive, Naga City. Four commercial buildings surrounding the residential towers will also be built.
President Marcos said the administration’s goal is to build 1 million houses each year under his six-year term as chief executive to provide the people with decent housing and address the 6 million housing backlog in the country
“Lahat ito nais natin paabutin ng anim na milyon na bagong pabahay dahil ‘pag pinag-aaralan natin ang housing sa Pilipinas, ‘yan ang numerong lumalabas na kulang na pabahay para sa ating mga kababayan,” the President pointed out.
Aside from providing houses under the project, its residents could also access basic and vital facilities such as schools, market, medical facilities as well as livelihood infrastructure.
The President also called on different government agencies, construction companies, private financial institutions and other partners to adhere to government rules and regulations in carrying out their projects.
Housing officials reported that as of March 13 this year, the DHSUD has signed 83 memoranda of understanding (MOU) and four memoranda of agreement (MOA)with local government units (LGUs) nationwide.
As a result of the initiative, groundbreaking ceremonies were held in 17 LGUs all over the country. Under the MOU, the DHSUD and the government financial institutions will collaborate on funding strategies and allocation of financial, technical and operational resources.
To date, the Pag-IBIG Fund has allocated Php250 billion for the 4PH project.
Joining the chief executive were DHSUD Secretary Jose Rizalino Acuzar, Camarines Sur Gov. Vincenzo Renato Luigi Reyes Villafuerte, Camarines Sur 2nd District Rep. Luis Raymond Villafuerte, Camarines Sur 5th District Rep. Miguel Luis Villafuerte as well as members of the Cabinet and other local officials. (PND)