BACOLOD CITY -- The City of Silay in Negros Occidental has partnered with the Habitat for Humanity Philippines Foundation Inc. (HHPFI) for the implementation of a PHP45-million housing project.

Mayor Mark Andrew Golez and HHPFI Managing Director Michael Meaney signed on Monday a Memorandum of Agreement that covers the construction of an initial 100 units of cement-bamboo frame housing units in a period of 10 months in Barangay E. Lopez.

Golez expressed his thanks to the Habitat for Humanity for the partnership that would benefit the less privileged Silaynons.

In response, Meaney said he is looking forward to a strong partnership between the HHPFI and the City of Silay.

The signing rites held at the Operations Center in Silay City was witnessed by Negros Occidental Third District Representative Alfredo Benitez, chair of the House committee on housing and urban development, whose jurisdiction includes Silay, and by HHPFI project director Lili Fuentes.

For his part, Benitez noted some sustainable initiatives being piloted in some housing sites, including the provision of water to the households using solar-powered driven pumps.

Marie June Pavillar-Castro, district coordinator on housing concerns, said in a press statement that in Barangay E. Lopez, the duplexes would be constructed at BonBon Resettlement Project Phase 3.

The area was developed by the Silay City Government using financial assistance from the National Housing Authority under the LGU Resettlement Assistance Program.

Although the agreement covered an initial 100 units, the HHPFI committed to raise funds to complete the construction of 546 housing units, including some community facilities, Pavillar-Castro added. (PNA)