HOUSING SITE. Housing Secretary Jose Rizalino Acuzar (left) and Bacolod City Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez lead the groundbreaking for the Yuhum Village in Barangay Vista Alegre on Friday (Sept. 30, 2022). Some 5,000 units will rise on the site starting the first quarter of 2023 under the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development's “Pambansang Pabahay Para Sa Pilipino: Zero Informal Settler Family Program for 2028”. (PNA photo by Nanette L. Guadalquiver)

BACOLOD CITY – An initial 5,000 housing units will rise on the Yuhum Village in Barangay Vista Alegre here starting the first quarter of 2023 for the city government’s shelter program in partnership with the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD).

On Friday, Housing Secretary Jose Rizalino Acuzar and Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez led the groundbreaking rites barely a month after they signed a memorandum of agreement for the establishment of the housing project under the “Pambansang Pabahay Para Sa Pilipino: Zero Informal Settler Family Program for 2028”.

A priority housing program of the Marcos administration, it seeks to build one million housing units per year or a total of six million housing units to address the country’s housing backlog in the next six years.

“The city is very blessed to be one of the first local government units to launch this program,” Benitez said.

Through the Yuhum Village housing projects, the city government aims to build 10,000 housing units in one year at the city’s relocation in Barangay Vista Alegre and the coastal areas in Barangay Banago and Barangay 8.

A Yuhum Village will be comprised of multi-story structures made of concrete modular houses.

In Vista Alegre, the structures comprising the 5,000 housing units will be built in three separate areas.

Acuzar said the government’s priority housing program would fulfill the dreams of ISFs to have decent homes, which is also the dream of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. himself.

“Mayor Albee Benitez and I still have many more things planned for Bacolod. He showed to me the beautiful place of Bacolod,” he added.

Councilor Vladimir Gonzales, chairman of the committee on urban poor, housing, and resettlement, said the city government is starting the processing of the permits and will identify the developer in the coming months.

“We’re looking at the first quarter of next year to start construction,” he added.

Low-income families and ISFs could avail themselves of affordable housing through membership with the Pag-IBIG Fund. (PNA)