|Quezon City Living|
Quezon City offers a wide range of residential choices – from the very affordable, socialized housing communities, to comfortable middle-income residential enclaves, to posh, upscale subdivisions. The types of homes are just as diverse – from single-detached units, to mansions, to mid-rise housing units to high-rise condominiums.
Residential areas in the South and West Triangles arose when housing pressures from a growing population resulted in the reduction of the area originally assigned to the Quezon Memorial Park, which were assigned to housing by the Philippine Housing and Homesite Corporation (PHHC) under President Elpidio Quirino in 1951.
Now, this Timog area has become highly commercialized, but with a mix of sprawling residential units and condominiums living in close proximity to long rows of restaurants and entertainment centers. The place also has a scatter of physical fitness centers, spas and innovative therapeutic facilities.
Reducing the city's carbon footprint
Because of the local government’s concern about climate change, the development strategy is towards the development of highly pedestrianized environments, to reduce the city’s overall carbon footprint. Thus, the trend in the city now is towards residential areas integrated with the basics and desirable amenities of daily living and with office/work environments. Examples of these include:
Nurturing campus neighborhoods
Traversing Katipunan Avenue to the Ortigas areas will bring you to neighborhoods of campuses, offices of nongovernment organizations, purveyors of lifestyle amenities, restaurants, places of worship, and various commercial establishments. Housing is a mix of compact bungalows, sprawling homes, townhouses, condominiums and dormitories (mostly catering to students and teachers).
Teacher’s Village and UP Village are so-called because they are subdivisions so close to schools and universities. The commercial establishment-rimmed Katipunan Avenue also provides links to the gated subdivisions of the well-to-do, where land parcels provide for more spacious homes and higher levels of privacy, such as La Vista, White Plains, Green Meadows, and Corinthian Gardens. These have convenient access to the Ortigas Centre – locating residents within easy reach of offices, commercial stores, restaurants, banks, shopping malls, and more schools and churches.
Creating safer and better organized communities for the poor
President Quezon’s social justice program sought to “give every Filipino the opportunity to acquire through toil his necessities in food, clothing, and shelter, together with reasonable comforts, and a leisure which will permit cultural improvement and a participation in the blessings of an enlightened civilization.”
Consistent with this program, his vision for Quezon City was a “paradise for working men,” a genuine “barrio obrero” with well-furnished dwellings, safe environs, and playgrounds for children.
The People’s Homesite and Housing Corporation played a major role in the development of Quezon City. It was responsible for the development of various housing projects – Project 1 (Roxas), Project 2 (Quirino A), Project 3 (Quirino B), Project 4, Project 6, Project 7, Project 8 aside from Project 5, which is Kamias.
Out of the original concept of barrios eventually emerged fast-growing districts like La Loma, Balintawak, Novaliches, Cubao, Murphy, Kamuning, Diliman, New Manila, Sta. Mesa Heights, Galas and San Francisco del Monte, aside from the Philam compound.
Consistent with Quezon’s vision, Mayor Bautista’s program is to resettle Quezon City’s poor in well-planned socialized housing communities that provide not only housing units, but basic social amenities, such as health centers, daycare, a public elementary school and a multipurpose/livelihood center. This is the City’s way of contributing to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG). Mayor Bautista believes that providing the basics of quality living to the poor, will ensure better access to literacy, good health and equal gender access to productive opportunities, so that they gain the capacity to be more valuable participants and contributors to development.
These low-cost communities are also located in safe areas, as a disaster mitigation measure. The city government recognizes the higher vulnerability of the poor to disaster-risk, given their propensity to live in or near waterways, along sidewalks, under transmission lines or over water pipelines.
A major housing development is at the periphery of Quezon City in Brgy. Kaligayahan, Novaliches. In 2011, the City government inked a memorandum of agreement for the purchase of 40 hectares of land to be developed as a socialized housing project that can accommodate more than 1,500 two-storey loftable row houses. To be named “Bistek City” after Mayor Bautista, the project will include important amenities such as a health center, a multipurpose hall and a basketball court. Targeted beneficiaries are the informal settlers that are living in the so-called danger zones including embankments of waterways, on sidewalks and roadways, under transmission lines and along water pipelines.
Another housing project that will soon rise is in the Oviedo Property in Payatas, near the Justice Cecilia Muńoz Palma High School. For this 1.5-hectare property, the City government is currently in talks with possible non-government housing entities that can help out in the construction of the houses.
Shelter needs of the City are also addressed through community mortgage projects (CMP), of which Quezon City earned the distinction of having surpassed all other local governments in the number of CMP projects initiated. The dwelling units in these communities are often accomplished with the help of partner organizations like Gawad Kalinga and Habitat for Humanity.