DECENT HOMES. President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. (3rd from left), together with Palayan City Mayor Viandrei Nicole Cuevas (3rd from right), lowers the time capsule during the groundbreaking for the Palayan City Township Housing Project in Nueva Ecija province on Wednesday (Dec. 21, 2022). The community township project under the Pambansang Pabahay Para sa Pilipino Program will give rise to 44 towers with 11,000 housing units. (PNA photo by Rolando Mailo)

PALAYAN CITY, Nueva Ecija – Mayor Viandrei Nicole Cuevas on Wednesday thanked the Marcos administration for implementing a housing project here that could provide decent, safe and affordable shelters for at least 5,000 residents of this city and other areas in the province.

Cuevas said the "Pambansang Pabahay para sa Pilipino Program" initiated by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. "addresses the needs of many.”

“Nagpapasalamat po ako kay President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos (I am thankful to President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos) for giving Palayan City this project and for allowing us to be part in Pambansang Pabahay para sa Pilipino Program. This project is going to house some 5,000 families and we are very grateful,” the mayor said during the groundbreaking of the township development project in Barangay Atate here, led by the Chief Executive.

She said that providing affordable and disaster-resilient housing has always been at the forefront of her agenda.

The housing project, she added, would also cater to residents of nearby Cabanatuan City and the municipality of Bongabon, among other areas in Nueva Ecija.

This also complements the development efforts of this city, being home to the Palayan City Business hub that houses several government agencies and business process outsourcing firms.

President Marcos said the township project is a testament that his administration is pushing a human settlement program.

"Ito ay nagpapatunay lamang na tuloy-tuloy ang aming ginagawa para magpabahay ng milyun-milyon na tao, na Filipino, na hanggang sa ngayon ay wala pang sariling tirahan (This only proves that we continuously work to provide housing to millions of Filipinos who until now do not have their own house),” he said.

The Chief Executive noted that even Filipinos who are working hard find it difficult to get decent housing.

"Siguro pag tiningnan natin na mabuti ang mga numero ay milyun-milyon talaga ang walang matirhan, kung saan saan na lang tumitira yung iba naging squatter na. Ito, hindi lang ito yung walang trabaho o yung galing sa labas mga nagta-trabaho po ito na wala lang matirahan (If we will probably take a thorough look at the numbers, there are indeed millions that do not have their own house. These do not only comprise those who are unemployed or coming from other places, but they are also those who are working but don't have their own place to live)," he said.

The 11-hectare township project features a housing community equipped with amenities and infrastructure to facilitate designed for economic and social activities, according to the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD).

To be built in three phases, it is composed of 44 towers with 11,000 housing units.

An elementary school, livelihood center, administrative offices, central park, basketball court, mini mart and a hawker area, aquaponics area, sewage system, and material recovery facility are set to be established in the project.

"Like what I always say, our President not only wants us to simply build houses but more importantly, develop an enabling community which will allow home dwellers to sustain their source of living and provide comfort in their daily lives," DHSUD Secretary Jose Rizalino Acuzar said. (PNA)