Estrada sees completion of P44.5-million Baseco housing project in three months

The Daily Tribune | Written by Pat C. Santos | July 23, 2016

Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada sees the completion of the city’s P44.5-million state-of-the-art housing project at Baseco Compound in two to three months’ time even as he expressed his support to President Duterte’s “no relocation, no demolition” policy.

Estrada said his administration has gone to great lengths to provide each informal settler family (ISF) in the capital city with a shelter of its own.
To date, more than 500 ISFs have been relocated to city-managed properties in Bulacan, Rizal, Cavite and Laguna.

“Maganda nga ‘yung statement ni Pangulong Rody Duterte, no demolition without relocation, ibig sabihin nun, hindi mo pwedeng mapaalis ‘yung mga tao kung walang malilipatan,” Estrada said.

“Here in Manila, no one is and will be left behind; no single family has been removed from their residence without relocation. In fact, we give them their own house and lots,” he pointed out.

Estrada recently visited Sitio Dubai in the impoverished Baseco Compound in Tondo to inspect the ongoing construction of the so-called “Dubai Housing,” a 3.5-hectare housing development project intended for Baseco’s poorest of the poor.

The housing program, which aims to provide permanent settlement to long-time ISFs in Sitio Dubai, is a joint undertaking of the city government and the local people’s organization and other government agencies.

So far, Estrada said he is satisfied with the pace of the construction. Of the 128 targeted housing units, 32 have been completed and are now ready for occupancy. Construction works began last February.

City Engineer Roberto Bernardo said they expect to complete the project in two to three months’ time, barring any hitches.
He added the soon-to-be-completed housing units will be given free to long-time residents of Baseco.

Each Dubai row house has a “green building design” to mitigate the effects of climate change, Bernardo said.

“The house is designed to be energy efficient: maximizing natural light and ventilation. It will also have a rainwater harvesting system and grey water reuse system,” Bernardo said, adding, “it is important for buildings and shelters to be energy efficient to lessen carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere.

“The rainwater collection and grey water reuse system will enable the beneficiary families to collect the water and use it for sanitation, thus significantly reducing expenses on water bills,” he added.

With the “green” housing units, Bernardo said there will also be no more additional expenses on lighting, cooling and sanitation requirements for the poor families.

Since assuming office in 2013, Estrada has awarded 257 families their own lots under his “Land for the Landless” program.

Aside from the Dubai housing project, he also has similar housing projects for city hall employees.