|QC to build additional in-city housing project|
|Friday, 01 February 2013 15:06|
Plans are now underway for the development of Quezon City’s third in-city socialized housing project in Barangay Escopa II.The new housing project, to be known as Bistekville 3, will sit on a 4,426 square meter property at Barangay Escopa II, which is one of the main Quezon City gateway to Marikina and Antipolo.
The Bistekville expansion program in Barangay Escopa II can yield about eighty (80) loft-type and fourteen (14) two-storey socialized housing units designed to benefit long-time residents of the area.
A typical loft type housing unit at Bistekville 3 will have a floor area measuring more or less 27 square meters, inclusive of the loft, while the two-storey housing units will have a floor area of 21 square meters.
The housing project is being developed by the Quezon City local government in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the office of QC third district Congressman Jorge “Bolet” Banal, Jr.. A memorandum of agreement was signed between Mayor Herbert Bautista, DENR Undersecretary Rommel Abesamis and Congressman Banal at QC Hall to seal the partnership. The project is in line with the Mayor’s continuing thrust to develop decent and productive communities for the city’s poor.
As provided under the agreement, the DENR, as administrator of the property, shall contribute the project site. It will also serve as lead agency in the selection of qualified beneficiaries and shall be held responsible in defending the titles of the project site against any administrative or legal claims, suits and proceedings. The office of Congressman Banal shall serve as project coordinator and shall be held responsible in the social preparation of the list of all the qualified and non-qualified project beneficiaries.
The QC government n the other hand, shall oversee the complete land and housing development of the project, this includes the development of roads, drainage system, retaining walls and open spaces.
The disposition of the Escopa property started as early as 2004 through a memorandum of agreement forged between the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), DENR, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), National Housing Authority (NHA) and the QC government. Aside from the Escopa development, the city government is also planning to further expand the Bistekville housing projects by building new sites in Barangays Culiat (Bistekville 4), Payatas (Bistekville 5), Fairview (Bistekville 6), Sauyo (Bistekville 7) and Nagkaisang Nayon (Bistekville 8). Two Bistekville housing projects are already nearing completion: Bistekville 1 in Barangay Payatas, with 353 housing units and Bistekville 2 in Barangay Kaligayahan, with 894 housing units. A substantial number of the housing units have already been awarded to the beneficiaries.
“These new socialized housing communities have been designed to fulfill the commitment of Mayor Bautista to provide 1,000 new dwelling units a year,” according to Secretary to the mayor Tadeo Palma.