|Quezon City Launches Major Socialized Housing Project|
The Quezon City Government recently launched Bistekville 2, one of the flagship projects of Mayor Herbert Bautista's program to address the issue of urban development and shelter for the informal settlers.
Vice President and HUDCC Chairman Jejomar Binay and Mayor Herbert Bautista with Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte,
On the morning of January 24, Mayor Herbert Bautista, with Guest of Honor Vice President Jejomar Binay, launched the city's first on-site relocation project at Sitio Looban, Barangay Kaligayahan. Bistekville 2 was developed in partnership with Phinma Property Holdings Inc. and landowner Atty. Ofelia Arce. The 4.4 hectare area was acquired by the City Government after negotiating with the Arce Family. Atty. Ofelia Arce was overwhelmed with the support the project received from the City Government as well as the different agencies involved, "Sobra ko pong ikinatutuwa ang supporta na nakuha ng proyektong ito" she said.
Mayor Herbert Bautista and Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte with Architect Virgilio Regala of the QC Special Design Group looks at a model housing unit.
Phinma CEO Willy Uy, likewise, was pleased at the development of the project. He said that he wants Bistekville 2 to establish a benchmark in the vision of business in addressing the shelter issue. He hopes that with the continuing partnership of NGOs, Local Government Units and the Business Sector, Bistekville 2 will evolve as a model community among informal settlers.
During the program, Mr. Tadeo Palma, Secretary to the Mayor and Head of the Task Force on Socialized Housing and Development of Blighted Areas, recognized the contribution of the different actors that led to the initial success of the project. He cited the sincerity of Atty. Arce's concern for the informal settlers which led to her decision to sell the property for on-site resettling development. He thanked Phinma for the cost-efficient and expedited construction and development of the first 100 units of Bistek Ville. He also said the that QC Government will be providing livelihood projects for the beneficiaries so as to ensure a comprehensive approach in the City's shelter program.
Vice President Jejomar Binay and Mayor Herbert Bautista greets one of the beneficiary families as they inspect the project site.
Vice President Jejomar Binay lauded the project as it provides for the needs of the poor as well as addressing the overall frame for the development of QC.
As of present there are 50 units ready for occupancy, each unit costing around P150k (including furnishings) and will complete the targeted 970 units by October 2012.
Initial housing units constructed at Bistekville 2