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Housing for Bacoor informal settlers to rise in 2021

By Gladys Pino 
November 30, 2019


BACOOR HOUSING PROJECT. Photo shows officials of Social Housing Finance Corp (SHFC) led by its president, lawyer Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling, Mayor Lani Mercado Revilla, Cavite 2nd District Rep. Stike Revilla (3rd to 5th from left, respectively) and other guests at the ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony for SHFC's housing project dubbed Ciudad de Stike 1 at Bantayan, Molino 1, Cavite held on Saturday (Nov. 23). The new project, which involves the construction of 20 three-story buildings, will benefit some 1,440 informal settlers living in Bacoor city's waterways. (PNA photo by Gladys S. Pino)


BACOOR CITY, Cavite - More than 1,000 informal settler families (ISFs) living along this city's coastal and waterways are the target beneficiaries in the new housing project of Social Housing Finance Corp (SHFC) dubbed Ciudad de Strike 1 located at Bayanan, Molino 1 here.

Cavite 2nd District Rep. Strike Revilla announced that the project is "exclusively for Bacoor City's ISFs."

During the groundbreaking rites on Saturday of the project site, Revilla was joined by SHFC officials led by its president, lawyer Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling and Mayor Lani Mercado Revilla.

As part of the memorandum of understanding between the SHFC and the city government of Bacoor, Revilla said the Phase 2 component will accommodate some ISFs from Las Piñas and Parañaque cities.

"Sabi ko (to SHFC) hati tayo, ganun din dapat ang para sa Bacooreños na talaga namang pinaglaban ng ating mayora at city council," (I said we divide it, we shall allocate the same to Bacooreǹos which our city mayor and council fought for)," Revilla said.

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The groundbreaking ceremony was held after the SHFC acquired the three-hectare lot where Ciudad de Stike 1 will rise, which is seen to provide decent, accessible and safe housing for families living in the city's waterways.

Just like in Ciudad de Strike 2, the Phase 1 project will involve the construction of 20 three-story buildings, accommodating some 72 families per building and the standard housing unit will have a floor area of 30 sq. m. with a room for a loft.

The project's estimated completion is some time in 2021.

Revilla, the House committee chair on housing and urban development, said he hopes that the SHFC will consider providing a covered court, a health and daycare center, and an integrated school within the housing project premises.

SHFC, a government controlled and controlled corporation (GOCC), is the lead agency assisting underprivileged communities to secure land tenure through shelter financial and development solutions by Building Adequate, Livable, Affordable and Inclusive (BALAI) Filipino communities. (PNA)

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