By Freddie Velez
BOCAUE, Bulacan — Sen. Joel Villanueva on his birthday on Thursday led the turnover of 158 housing units from the National Housing Authority (NHA) in coordination with the local government unit (LGU) of this town’s informal settler family.
Villanueva said families who live in waterways and flood-prone areas were prioritized to be relocated at Bocaue Hills AFP-PNP Housing in Barangay Batia here.
The senator awarded the first batch of 158 out of 500 housing units allotted for Bocaue LGU.
“We express our sincerest gratitude to the NHA for giving hope to our kababayans. Our people will now have a clean and inhabitable environment that they can call home,” Villanueva said.
According to the NHA, the lot area of each housing unit is 36 square meters and costs P175,000. P35,000 of the said cost will be subsidized by the housing bureau and is payable in 30 years.
The application fees for water and power connection will also be shouldered by the NHA.
“Sa atin pong mga Pilipino, napaka-importante ang magkaroon tayo ng sariling bahay. Kaya nga po sa ating Konstitusyon, hindi lang bahagi ng social service ang pabahay, ‘yan po ay basikong karapatang pantao. Karapatan po ng bawat Pilipino, lalo na ng ating mga manggagawa, ang magkaroon ng sariling bahay,” the senator said.
Meanwhile, Villanueva also inaugurated a newly constructed senior citizens’ building and a daycare center in towns of Guiguinto and Balagtas this province.