By Venus May H. Sarmiento
DAGUPAN CITY – More than 200 homeless Dagupeños are now legitimate owners of housing units courtesy of the city government and the Philippine Red Cross.
City Mayor Benjamin S. Lim and Philippine Red Cross-Pangasinan chapter head Florame Magalong handed over copies of the Memorandum of Agreement last March 19 and 24 to residents of the Bangusville in barangays Bonuan Gueset and Bonuan Binloc here entitling each holder the right to stay in the place.
Each individual house has a floor area of 20 square meters and a land area of 48 square meters. Under the agreement, the recipients earned the right to stay in the place free of charge or without payment of any rental.
The recipients, however, shall defray expenses for their electric and water consumption from the Dagupan Electric Corporation (DECORP) and Dagupan City Water District (DCWD).
More so, they are allowed, at their own expenses, to introduce any improvement or extension on their unit provided it is within the prescribed limit or area of the lot in which the unit is erected.
The MOA states, however, that they are not allowed to transfer, alienate, sublease or rent out to any person or entity the housing unit and lot or any portion thereof without the prior written consent of the city.
Aside from the 124 houses, the city government and PRC also constructed the road and drainage system in the area and one health center unit each for Bangusville and Gawad Kalinga.
In his message, Lim requested that Bangusville be re-named as Doña Josefa M. Samson Compound in favor of the Samson family who vended the lot in favor of the government.
The socialized housing project is one of the important programs being implemented by the city administration to give home and shelter to needy families and address the problem of squatting in the city.#