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Ecija capital city, NHA ink pact for 800 housing units

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Photo shows Cuevas, Escalada, Vice Mayor Moises Carmona Jr., and Meliza S. Benedito, NHA Region 3 manager doing President Rodrigo Duterte's signature fist bump while presenting the signed MOA documents during ceremonies held at the Palayan City conference hall on Tuesday. Photo by STEVE A. GOSUICO

PALAYAN CITY – At least 800 housing units will soon be made available for local residents in this capital city of Nueva Ecija.

his after the city government on Tuesday forged a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the National Housing Authority (NHA) for the proposed acquisition of some 800 unawarded housing units worth P164-million from the NHA.

Among the lead signatories to the MOA were Palayan City Mayor Adrianne Mae “Rianne” J. Cuevas and NHA general manager Marcelino “Jun” P. Escalada Jr. Also joining them in the MOA-signing were Vice Mayor Moises A. Carmona Jr., and Meliza S. Benedito, NHA regional manager-Region 3.

Cuevas said that under the MOA, the city government will pay the NHA P164 million with continuing appropriation for 10 years for the agency’s 800 unawarded units worth P205,000 each that are situated at the San Lorenzo Heights Subdivision-NHA-AFP/PNP Housing Project in Bgy. Atate here.

Escalada, a former Davao City administrator and city planning and development officer, hailed the city for being the perfect site for the government housing projects.

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He also praised Cuevas for her initiative and positive outlook in entering into a partnership with NHA in acquiring the unawarded housing units of the agency.

Of all the 55,000 inventories of unawarded units in all of the 86 sites all over the country at sa 80 LGUs natin, isa lang si Mayor Rianne, who ever thought of entering a partnership with the NHA for the acquisition of these units,” Escalada stressed.

Kasi ang mga mayors natin ang gusto lang hingi nang hingi but Mayor Cuevas is different, she is assuming partly the responsibility of the NHA,” added Escalada.

Under the MOA, the NHA chief said the city government shall be given the authority on the disposition, management, and award of these housing units.

Under Joint Resolution No. 2 of both Houses of Congress, which was approved by President Rodrigo R. Duterte on May 9, 2018, the NHA is authorized to award to other qualified beneficiaries the unawarded housing units originally intended for members of the AFP/PNP, Bureau of Fire, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, and Bureau of Customs.

Publication Source :    People's Tonight
Steve A. Gosuico
Past President, Nueva Ecija Press Club, Inc.