Barangay Los Amigos, Tugbok District, Davao City
May 19, 2017

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte led the groundbreaking ceremony of Biyaya ng Pagbabago Housing Project at Barangay Los Amigos, Tugbok District in Davao City.

The President was assisted by Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco, Jr., National Housing Authority (NHA) General Manager Marcelino ‘Jun’ Escalada, Jr., Davao City Mayor Sara ‘Inday’ Duterte-Carpio, Pilipinong May Puso Foundation (PMPF) Chairperson Rowena Velasco, San Miguel Corporation (SMC) President and CEO Ramon Ang, and Representatives Albert Ungab, Lord Allan Velasco, and Jose Enrique Garcia, in the lowering of the time capsule.

In his remarks, President Duterte commended SMC President and CEO Ramon Ang for his generosity to fund the housing project, which is worth PhP 1 billion.

“I hope this project will go a long way to help the Filipinos,” he said.

The Biyaya ng Pagbabago Los Amigos Housing Project is a joint project of the NHA, the local government of Davao City, San Miguel Corporation, and Pilipinong May Puso Foundation (PMPF). It is targeted to be finished in March 2018 or in time for the ‘Araw ng Dabaw’.

Out of the 8.6763 hectares, the total land area for development owned by the local government of Davao City is 6.1574 hectares. Two commercial lots and 908 residential units designed to be climate and typhoon-resilient will be constructed for the urban poor dwellers living along danger zones and flood-prone areas. Project beneficiaries identified by the local government would only be required to pay less than PhP 500.00 a month for two years.

“To be fair to everyone (beneficiaries) and no suspicion of favoring somebody, it is going to be a lottery and a fair arrangement,” said President Duterte.

NHA is providing PhP 24 million to fund the land development for the first phase of the project and it will also extend technical assistance for SMC that will spearhead the project implementation. The PMPF, on the other hand, will provide livelihood and other forms of assistance to the residents of the resettlement areas.

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