By Jhon Aldrin Casinas
The San Juan City government has launched an inventory of city-owned properties for possible construction of more public housing projects, Mayor Francis Zamora said.
“We are now doing an inventory of all city-owned properties. We will determine which of these lands could be used for housing projects,” Zamora told reporters.
Zamora and National Housing Authority (NHA) General Manager Marcelino Escalada Jr., together with Rep. Ronny Zamora, led the groundbreaking ceremony and the signing of Memorandum of Understanding for the 22-story public housing project on Friday.
“This is the first high-rise, in-city public socialized housing in the Philippines,” Zamora said.
The building, which will have 396 housing units with 10 commercial units on the first floor, is set to rise on the city government’s 1,850 sqm. property located in Barangay St. Joseph. It is expected to be finished by 2022.
The mayor said that there are more possible sites where future high-rise public housing could be built.
“In fact, we have identified other barangays already. We have available land in Barangay Batis,” Zamora bared.
The mayor said that there are 6000 informal settler families in San Juan.