Some members of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (PPPP) Provincial Advisory Council (PAC) sign a Memorandum of Agreement with the provincial government to enhance the implementation of social services in the province. (MBL, PIA CAR, Ifugao)

DTI - CAR Regional Director Myrna Pablo (right) and DTI Baguio - Benguet Provincial Director Samuel Gallardo (2nd from left) with the officials of the LGUs of Baguio City, and the Benguet towns of La Trinidad, Sablan and Tublay in a photo opt during the awarding of top performers in the 2020 Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index. (DTI Photos)

Governor Jerry Dalipog (fourth from left) and other provincial officials receive the two plagues of the Condition Matching Grant to Provinces (CMGP) Annual Governance Reform Award from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in the province. (Photo: R. Buenconsejo)

Cordillera Regional DRRM Council and Regional Task Force COVID - 19 Chairperson Albert Mogol presides the first joint coordination meeting to look into the 2020 accomplishments and lay down a proactive roadmap for 2021 in dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic and other possible threats and hazards that may endanger life and properties in the region. (OCD - CAR photos)

DAR, DHSUD launches first housing program for farmers

UMINGAN,Pangasinan-, Dec 15 (PIA) - Agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARB)  and their families may soon have their own homes courtesy of  the government’s first-ever housing program for farmers.

The BALAI program which stands for Building Adequate, Livable, Affordable and Inclusive Filipino Communities Program (BALAI) housing project is a collaboration of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and the Department of Human Settlement and Urban Development (DHSUD).


During the ceremonial launching in Brgy Caruyungan Sur in Umingan town on Tuesday, Secretary John Castriciones of DAR said the initial number of chosen beneficiaries  based on the set standard prescribed by the law is 184 but may soon expand to 500.

“Kahit panahon ng pandemya, nais na iparamdam ng gobyerno ang tulong at bigyan ng kaukulang suporta ang mga magsasaka, at isa rito ay ang programa ng BALAI  housing  program,” Sec. Castriciones said. 


“Maraming tao ang nawalan ng trabaho at maraming hanapbuhay ang nawalan ng silbi. Marami ang naghihirap. pero meron tayong isang  uri ng  manggagawa na kahit anuman ang sitwasyon, sila ay makakakain sapagkat may lupa na tataniman at sila ang bumubuhay sa mga tao dahil sa kanilang pordkuto, sila ang mga bayaning magsasaka,” the Secretary added.

BALAI Housing. Agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARB)  and their families may soon have their own homes courtesy of  the government’s first-ever housing program for farmers. The BALAI housing program is a collaboration of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and the Department of Human Settlement and Urban Development (DHSUD).(RPM/PIA)

DHSUD Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario said the new department  vowed not to construct  substandard housing units and this will be strictly monitored by his office  and  partner developer from Bella Vita of Ayala Land, Inc. which allocated  P80-million for the land development of the area.

Del Rosario  said each housing unit will have two bedrooms, one toilet complete with electrical and water facilities, as well as tiled floorings and fully painted interior and exterior walls. The houses will be made of pure concrete thus are earthquake-proof, he added.

“We are building not just houses but a community, where there is water, concrete roads, and near the livelihood of the farmers,” Sec. Del Rosario  said.

The 2.6 hectares of land where the housing program will rise was provided by the local government unit of Umingan through the donation of Mayor Michael Carleone Cruz. It features the view of the Caraballo mountains.

“The houses will serve as a  tangible symbol of persistence and pure concern on the part of entities to continuously upgrade the status of our farmer-beneficiaries because they are, afterall, the backbone of the nation with their produce,” Mayor Cruz said.

Meanwhile, Senator Christopher ‘Bong’ Go,  in his video message during the ceremony, expressed his  gratitude to farmers in Pangasinan  and said the housing program reflects the Duterte administration’s  commitment to promote the equitable distribution of wealth and provide equal opportunities for development to  achieve a comfortable life for all Filipinos.


“Tayo ay nag-iisang lipunan lamang. Ang pag-unlad ng pamumuhay ng mga pinakamahirap sa atin ay magdadala rin ng kaunlaran sa ating kanya-kanyang pamumuhay kaya mag-tulungan at mag-bayanihan po tayo para sa ikatatagumpay ng inisyatibong ito.


Sen. Go also sent family food packs and  bicycles for the farmers during the launch.  (JCR/VHS/PIA Pangasinan)

By Venus May H. Sarmiento

 

Baguio

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Benguet

Mt. Province

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IFUGAO

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