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After informal settlers, it’s city employees’ turn to benefit from housing program – Mayor Honey

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Mayor Honey Lacuna is flanked by city officials and employes at the flagraising ceremony. To her left is Vice Mayor Yul Servoand to her right is USO chief Atty. Danny de Guzman. (JERRY S. TAN)

CHARITY begins at home.

Guided by this age-old principle, Manila Mayor Honey Lacuna announced that the city employees will be prioritized in the distribution of housing units that will be turned over anytime soon under the local government’s housing program.

Lacuna said that the first three housing units that were constructed during the pandemic have been turned over to qualified informal settlers so that the next three will, this time, have city employees as beneficiaries.

“Sa pagkakataong ito, ang prayoridad naman po natin ay ang ating mga empleyado. Hindi naman po kaila sa inyo na hindi naman po lahat ng empleyado ay may sariling tahanan, kaya minabuti namin ngayon na mas bigyang pagpapahalaga ang sariling atin,” the mayor said.

It was learned that the units in the first three condominium buildings built, namely the Tondominium 1, Tondominium 2 and Binondominium have already been awarded to qualified informal setllers who now live there.

Slated for turnover soon is the Sebastian Residences for which Lacuna directed Manila Urban Settlements Office (MUSO) chief Atty. Danny De Guzman to take care of choosing the deserving beneficiaries, as she lauded him for the difficult task he had been doing, in an effort to provide decent housing for Manilans who have no homes that they can call their own.

The lady mayor also announced that the turnover of the Pedro Gil Residences and San Lazaro Residences are also expected to be done within the year and that they, too, will have city government employees as priority.

“Ang amin lamang pong pakusap, sana po ay pangalagaan ninyo ng inyong magiging bagong tahanan… sana po, ang inyong pananagutan sa ating pamahalaan ay tupdin din po natin. Hindi po maliit na halaga ang iginuguol natin dito kaya pahalagahan po natin,” she stressed.

The mayor assured that the city government’s efforts to provide housing for Manilans is a continuing one.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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