TAGUM CITY—A total of 678 homeless Tagumenyo families will soon have a house they can call as their own as the City Government of Tagum under the leadership of Mayor Allan Rellon and the National Housing Authority kicked off the five-hectare first phase development of the Mankilam Tagumpay Village amounting to 24 million pesos, forming part of the 14-hectare overall development of the colossal housing project for the city’s urban poor.
The groundbreaking event was held in Prk. Abaca, Barangay Mankilam on January 25, 2019. The 5.124 hectare-land features 339 residential lots with medium-rise buildings and is expected to be completed after a six to eight month-period.
The area is one of the major projects of the City Government of Tagum through the newly-minted City Housing and Land Management Office in partnership with the National Housing Authority under its Resettlement Assistance Program for Local Government Units (RAP-LGU).
The site in Mankilam where Tagumpay Village will be erected is a property owned by the local government and was purchased years ago as part of its land banking initiative. The budget for the construction of the housing units, on the other hand, is financed by the National Housing Authority.
Mayor Rellon, NHA General Manager Marcelino P. Escalada, Jr., and NHA Regional Manager Engr. Rolando I. Teves, Jr. of Region XI led the dropping of the ceremonial time capsule which signals the start of the project.
A raffle to be facilitated by the LGU will determine who among the eligible applicants will receive the limited slots in the said area, considering that the application for this socialized housing project tripled after the LGU and the NHA announced this project last year, according to the city’s housing office.
Escalada announced that the NHA will provide another 50 million pesos for the development of the remaining 9 hectares of the area and another 150 million pesos for houses for other housing projects within the City of Tagum, pending the submission of additional documents and requirements by the Tagum local government.
Aside from Mankilam, the LGU also partnered with NHA by providing its property in Barangay Canocotan for another housing project that will also cater to the city’s urban poor and the city’s tribal community.
Mayor Rellon is grateful for the trust of the national line agency even though this is the first partnership forged by the LGU with them. “Wala ko mi-expect… the 14 hectares will be fully developed na ready na for housing. Baka 3,000 or 4,000 families ang masulod niini nga lugar. So that’s a good development… It’s a matter of paperworks na lang among pagahimuon.” (I didn’t expect … We’ll be able to fully develop the whole 14 hectares. We can accommodate maybe 3,000 – 4,000 families in this area alone. So that’s a good development … All that’s left are paperworks.)
Aside from the housing project, the city government is also planning livelihood programs for the residents through the Public Education and Employment Services Office. Moreover, NHA believes that capitalizing on human development more than commerce is what triggers urban development.
“Kung titignan mo naman progressive masyado ang Tagum and then well-prepared ang Tagum, available ang lote nila, title … Pasalamat kami sa taga Tagum lalo na sa LGU because lahat ng department heads… talagang tumutulong, and alam nila ang kanilang ginagawa and then andoon ang sincerity na matapos at makakuha ng projects.” Ms. Sonia J. Bulseco, the OIC of District 2, NHA XI stated. (Tagum is very progressive, prepared, and has available lot with title … We’re thankful to the people of Tagum especially to the LGU and department heads … They helped us a lot, they know what they’re doing, and you can feel the sincerity to finish and look for more projects.)
Ms. Veronica Ollegue, one of the residents who filed an application on CLHMO expressed her gratefulness. “Happy gyud kaayo kay … makabalay ka nga gamay lang ang atong mabayaran … Dako na gyud ang kausaban ug improvement … sa Tagum tungod sa pagdala ni Mayor Rellon ug iyang kaubanan.” (Overjoyed! … I can finally afford a house with minimum pay [to own]. Tagum is indeed changing and we’ve seen a lot of improvements here … all because of our Mayor and the councilors’ effort.) Ziyarah Manalo/CIO Tagum
Tagum City Mayor Allan L. Rellon, Hon. Marcelino P. Escalada, Jr., MPA, the General Manager of NHA, Engr. Rolando I. Teves, Jr., the Regional Manager of NHA XI and Moises Rhonell Hollite II, Owner/Nirvana Construction lead the dropping of the time capsule together with city officials and department heads on January 25, 2019 at Prk. Abaca, Mankilam for the groundbreaking ceremony of Fe Village Phase I (Mankilam Tagumpay Village). Kelvin Palermo/CIO Tagum
Mayor Allan L. Rellon of Tagum and Hon. Marcelino P. Escalada, Jr., MPA, the General Manager of National Housing Authority ride a backhoe as a symbol of their partnership with this project amounting to 24 million pesos. Kelvin Palermo/CIO Tagum
Mayor Allan Rellon and Hon. Marcelino P. Escalada, Jr. signed the Fe Ayala Village Phase I (Mankilam Tagumpay Village) Site Development Plan to strengthen the partnership of the local government unit with the national line agency. Vinz Davo/CIO Tagum
Mayor Rellon inspects the initial 5 hectares housing area that would cater to hundreds of families in medium-rise buildings on the 339 lot spaces provided by the government. Vinz Davo/CIO Tagum