DSWD, Dagupan to build 400 housing units

DAGUPAN CITY, Dec. 11 (PNA) — The city council here passed a resolution authorizing Mayor Belen Fernandez to sign a memorandum of agreement with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for the construction of 400 housing units in the city.

Authored by Councilor and Majority Floor Leader Maybelyn de la Cruz Fernandez,the resolution noted that the construction of the 400 shelter units will benefit some of the homeless indigent families in the city living in danger zones.

Mayor Fernandez earlier revealed that on its own, the city has started construction of 30 housing units in Sitio Korea, Bonuan Binloc designed for as many number of scavenger families who built their shanties within the garbage dumpsite in Barangay Bonuan Boquig.

“We strove hard to build homes for these people as we could not imagine on how can they can live when they are inhaling 24/7 obnoxious smell from the dumpsite,” Fernandez said.

She also said she will make a point that when the city’s U.S. 8.4-million dollar Waste-to-Worth Project is built and fully operational, the scavenger families will be the first priority to be employed.

The Waste to Worth Project to be funded by Procter and Gamble and other international companies at no cost to the city government could finally solve the 50-year old garbage problem of the city, said Fernandez. (PNA)