DepEd, LGU sign MOU to replicate housing program for teachers in Davao City Print

DAVAO CITY – The Department of Education (DepEd) will make as a model the Davao City government project providing housing to public school teachers and non-teaching personnel.

This developed as top officials from the government’s key housing agencies signed here recently a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Davao City government that would provide housing to homeless public school teachers and non-teaching personnel in the city.

No less than Undersecretary Ramon Bacani attended the signing in behalf of Secretary Jesli Lapuz.

Bacani said DepEd would look into how the Davao City project could be replicated nationwide to benefit teachers through out the country.

The groundbreaking ceremony was held for the two-hectare project in Lasang —the country’s first ever joint venture on low-cost housing for public school teachers between a local government and key government housing agencies and the private sector.

The MOU on the undertaking involves Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, DepEd Secretary Jesli A. Lapuz; Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-ibig) Chief Executive Officer Jaime A. Fabiana; National Housing Authority (NHA) General Manager Federico A. Laxa; and Habitat for Humanity Philippines Foundation, Inc., Chairman Francisco F. del Rosario.

City Councilor Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling, chair of the Committee on Housing, Rural and Urban Development, said 250 public school teachers and non-teaching personnel would find home in the teachers’ village where Habitat would build low-cost housing priced at P400,000 per unit for a total cost of P100 million.

In the MOU, Cabling said the local government provides the raw land to be developed by NHA where Habitat would build low-cost housing for qualified beneficiaries screened by DepEd who will be taking out loans from Pag-ibig.

The project is under the Pabahay Program of DepEd that aims to provide decent and affordable housing to teachers and non-teaching personnel of the department who cannot acquire housing due to their insufficient salary and the restrictive cost of housing, he said.

He added the project will rise up in the 20-hectare land donated by Alsons Development and Investment Corporation (Alsons) to the Davao City government in compliance with Republic Act 7279, otherwise known as the Urban Housing Development Act (UDHA).

Under its Balanced Housing Development provision, the act mandates housing developers to allocate 20 percent of total subdivision area or 20 percent of total project cost of a housing subdivision for socialized housing.

Other than the area for public school teachers, the Alson-donated property would also be utilized for socialized housing for city government employees, Kagawad Kalinga-identified homeless urban poor, beneficiaries from special sectors, and for parks and playgrounds.

Last week, the Davao City Council also approved purchase by City Hall of three properties of about six hectares worth P14 million for urban poor settlers.

Cabling, author of the landmark City Shelter Code, said the council gave authority to Mayor Duterte to sign loan agreements to purchase the property under the city’s Urban Land Reform Program (ULRP) for the Kahayag Homeowner’s Association, Inc. located in Barangay Indangan, Buhangin, P3.49 million; Small Communal Homeowners Association, Inc. (SCHOAI) in Ula, Tugbok District, P6.31 million; and New Kasilak Homeowner’s Association, Inc. in Barangay Mahayag, Bunawan District, P5 million.