ACCEPTANCE. The Deed of Donation and Acceptance for the Yolanda Permanent Housing Project in Malayu-an People's Village Site 2 in Barangay Barredo was signed by the National Housing Authority and the local government of Ajuy during a virtual ceremonial signing on Monday (Nov. 28, 2022). The project has 1,000 houses with 80 percent already occupied. (Photo courtesy of Ajuy Mayor FB page)

ILOILO CITY – The Municipality of Ajuy in Iloilo Province on Monday officially received 1,000 housing units for the super typhoon survivors at the Yolanda Permanent Housing Project in Malayu-an People's Village Site 2 in Barangay Barredo.

The Deed of Donation and Acceptance (DODA) was signed by the National Housing Authority (NHA) and the local government of Ajuy during a virtual ceremonial signing.

Ajuy Mayor Jett Rojas, in an interview on Tuesday, said 80 percent of the 1,000 units are already occupied.

“Recipient families are already staying there. NHA has rules that should be complied with by homeowners. The unit is given to them at no cost so they are not allowed to sell it,” Rojas said in Hiligaynon.

They are prohibited from putting structures that could block the side pathway nor elevate their houses into two-story since the design of the house was only for the one-story level.

The mayor said that other beneficiaries who failed to occupy their units will be invited by the local government to verify if they are still interested otherwise it will be awarded to other applicants.

He added that some of the recipients are staying in mountainous or island barangays, thus it is difficult for them to maintain their awarded units.

The Yolanda Housing Project in Ajuy has a total of 7,500 houses constructed on various sites, mostly close to or along the national road.

The first 6,000 units were completed before 2016 while the remaining 1,500 were constructed upon the request of Rojas. (PNA)