P1.18B housing for Bataan fire victims

Published March 20, 2019, 2:45 PM

by Patrick Garcia

By Jonas Reyes

ORION, Bataan – The National Housing Authority (NHA) has allocated P1.18 billion for a housing project for more than a thousand families that lost their homes in a fire last Jan. 28.


Mayor Antonio Raymundo said in a statement released on Tuesday that the project will be the biggest of its kind in Bataan.
Raymundo said the housing for the 1,089 families that were left homeless by the fire in Barangay Capunitan will be built on a 6.8-hectare land near the sea in Barangay Daan Pari, about 1.3 kilometers from where they used to live.

Most of the victims are still living at the Bataan School of Fisheries.

The Orion government plans to provide 3.7 hectares and the Bataan provincial government 3.1 hectares.

The lands, according to Raymundo, would cost around P18 million.

“The National Housing Authority has allocated almost P1 billion for housing including a community center, roads and sort of yacht club for fishing boats,” he said.

“There will be a police outpost, market, commercial establishments, high school, health center, water supply and other amenities in the area,” he added.

To new community, to be named the Bataan Discipline Village, will have three-storey buildings each of which can accommodate 48 families.

Families will pay P300 a month for 30 years for each housing unit.

“No one will be allowed to reconstruct their house in the burned area, the place being subject of mandamus from the Supreme Court in the clean-up of Manila Bay,” Raymundo said.