By Joseph Almer Pedrajas
The local government of Navotas City has waived fees of its public housing project until June 2020 to help residents affected by the crisis brought by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Mayor Toby Tiangco said that after the passing of Ordinance No. 2020-29, residents of NavotaAs Residences in Barangay San Roque and NavotaAs Homes 1 and 2 in Barangay Tanza 2 will no longer have to pay their monthly maintenance fee of P300 until next month.
Meanwhile, payment previously made by residents in the months of March, April, and May will also be carried over and be applied starting July.
“These fees have been waived since March until May 2020 as [prescribed by] City Ordinance No. 2020-12. However, we had to adjust the validity period of this policy because the enhanced community quarantine in Navotas has been extended until May 31,” Tiangco said.
“We hope that by waiving the housing fees, we can somehow lighten their burden and help [the residents] as they face this crisis,” he added.
The ordinance has also allowed residents free use of NavoKabuhayan stalls, which used to cost about P3,000 per month, and the three multi-purpose halls at NavotaAs Homes 1 and 2 for the same period duration.
“As for NavoKabuhayan, it was being leased through bidding. The monthly rent was around P3,000. [Meanwhile] for multipurpose halls, [we charged] P1,250 for those who are housing residents, while [we gave a] 30 percent discount for those who are not living in the housing project,” said Irish Cubillan, chief of Navotas’ public information office, referring to the previous fees for the said programs.