President Duterte leads groundbreaking of housing projects for informal settlers, security forces

DAVAO CITY – President Rodrigo Duterte led the groundbreaking Friday, May 19 of two housing projects in Davao City for informal settlers, soldiers and policemen.

The President arrived in Barangay Los Amigos for the groundbreaking of the Biyaya ng Pagbabago Housing project organized through the joint effort of the National Housing Authority, San Miguel Corp., Pilipinong May Puso Foundation and the city government of Davao.

The project is expected to be completed in March next year and is intended for informal settlers relocated from danger areas.

In his message, the President thanked those who contributed their effort and resources to realize the project particularly Ramon Ang of San Miguel Corp.

“It will come to pass, God-willing. And by that time, I hope you will still be around, I can gather here once again to celebrate the victory of the human spirit,” he said in his message.

Out of the 8.76 hectares, the total land area for development is 6.15 hectares, which is owned by the city government. This could accommodate a total of 908 residential units and two commercial lots. The Gawad Kalinga will also build one-story housing units on the area categorized as social lots.

President Duterte also attended the groundbreaking ceremony and launching of the AFP and PNP’s new housing design and modalities of Madayaw residences.

Located in Barangay Talomo in Davao City, the housing project for soldiers and policemen will be built on a 2.9 hectare land owned by the National Housing Authority.

Under the project, 16 structures with five-storey low rise buildings will be built using two different models. A total of 860 housing units will be constructed under the project.

Speaking before the members of the police and the military, the President reiterated his pledge of zero corruption under his leadership.

He also vowed to recover government properties from the hands of the wealthy which were accumulated illegally.

“Kasi kung isauli ‘yan, pagbili ko ‘yan, bidding. At gawain kong bahay para sa tao. Masiguro ninyo ‘yan,” the President said.

“But return it to the people. At kayong mga sa judiciary, you are so very easy. Just issuing TRO, restraining order,” he said of the courts’ decisions that favor the rich and influential. ###PND