BALANGA CITY – Last Wednesday, July 4, 2018, the delegation of Bataan headed by Governor Abet Garcia along with Mayors Francis Garcia of Balanga City, Gila Garcia of Dinalupihan, Ace Jello Concepcion of Mariveles, MBDA General Manager Charlie Pizarro and Orion acting Mayor Virgilio Isidro conducted a benchmarking activity in Valenzuela City.
Governor Garcia said the activity aims to learn the best practices of Valenzuela in governance particularly on their housing projects, particularly the “Disiplina Village,” in order to come up with an effective and sustainable housing and community development program for the province.
They were warmly welcomed by Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian, Congressman Wes Gatchalian, Councilor Ramon Encarnacion, Councilor Rovin Andrew Feliciano, Councilor Jennifer Pingree-Esplana, Councilor Joseph William Lee (Liga ng mga Barangay President) and city department heads.
In 2016, the local government of Valenzuela took pride in building the biggest “in-city” relocation site in the country.
It was named “Disiplina Village,” with a land area of 111, 293 sqm and is located in Barangay Bignay. Later when the construction of the other units are completed, some 3,000 ISFs moved to their houses in the same relocation site in Bignay.
Valenzuela Mayor Rexlon Gatchalian said in previously published reports that the goal of the city is to have “zero ISFs along the waterways of Valenzuela City.”
Valenzuela’s concept of public rental housing, which is worth P1.2 billion, is the first of its kind in the country.
Families here only asked to pay P300 rent every month which said to be the lowest rental rate in the country. Other housing projects have from P700 to P2,000 monthly rental fees.
Governor Garcia in a recent interview with the Bataan newsmen said that housing would be one of his major priorities as investments in the industrial sectors begin to grow.
Garcia sees Valenzuela City’s good practice in housing as one of the appropriate solutions to the province’s growing housing shortage.
The provincial government has been in talks with realty estate owners and housing developers from Central Luzon and Metro Manila for the project, as it anticipates an influx of workers from other provinces who are seeking stable employment in various manufacturing plants and exports–oriented industries.
Bataan is also looking for a private partner to develop a township project near the FAB that will include commercial areas and other public utilities such as schools, public market, church, health center and other amenities.
The province is also eyeing the construction of a central transport terminal within the periphery of FAB and the operation of monorail or rapid transport system in the country’s first export processing zone.