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The local government of Muntinlupa and Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development with its attached agencies inaugurated on Thursday the BALAI Munti, a housing project for the benefit of the employees and officials of the City Government.

Joining the inauguration ceremony at BALAI Munti, Lakeview in Barangay Putatan were Muntinlupa Mayor Jaime Fresnedi, Congressman Ruffy Biazon (through a video message), DHSUD Sec. Eduardo del Rosario, PAG-IBIG Fund CEO Acmad Rizaldy Moti, and other officials from the national and local government, including partners from the private sector.

Mayor Fresnedi extended his thanks to the national government and private sector for partnering with the LGU in constructing the in-city housing project.

“Kami ay natutuwa sa DHSUD at PAG-IBIG dahil hindi sila tumigil sa pagco-coordinate para sa project na ito. Dito makikita na kapag nagtutulungan ang lokal at nasyunal, maging ang pribadong sektor, ay mabilis tayong makakapag-provide ng social service sa publiko,” Fresnedi noted.

BALAI Munti is the first BALAI funded Countryside Housing Initiative (CHI) project in Metro Manila. The site development of the project will be funded by the Ayala Group of Companies as its compliance to Balance Housing Requirement through the BALAI program.

CHI is a program of PAG-IBIG which aims to provide housing projects in underserved areas where Filipino workers belonging predominantly from minimum and low wage earners who seek to acquire decent and affordable homes reside. 

PAG-IBID Fund CEO Moti also lauded the local government’s initiative that paved way for the rollout of the Countryside Housing Initiative and lowering the costs of housing units.

“1.2 million pesos ang market value ng mga housing unit nito sa PAG-IBIG pero mabibili lang ng 750,000 pesos. Parang binibigyan ng local government ang mga benepisyaryo ng equity na 400,000 pesos,” Moti said.

Further, DHSUD Sec. del Rosario underscored the importance of convergence among public agencies and the private sector for the delivery of housing projects and creating more progressive communities in the country.

“I congratulate Mayor Fresnedi for this project and I hope that the BALAI Munti will be emulated by more organizations in providing Filipinos with decent shelters and creating progressive communities for nation-building,” Sec. del Rosario said.

During the program, DHSUD also turned over the Development Permit and initial BALAI Cheque amounting to 33.8 million pesos to Mayor Fresnedi. The total committed value for the site development amounts to 123.5 million pesos.

BALAI Munti shall comprise of 35 four-storey medium-rise buildings with 668 housing units and 115 parking spaces. The minimum floor area per unit is 30 square meters amounting to 750,000 pesos.

The housing project is also part of DHSUD’s BALAI Filipino Communities program which stands for Building Adequate Livable Affordable and Inclusive Filipino Communities. It aims to address the housing and urban development concerns by developing synergy among the shelter agencies, accelerating housing production, establishing affordable home financing, implementing anti-red tape measures, building disaster-resilient and sustainable communities, ensuring compliance to the balanced housing development program, and maintaining an updated housing sector statistics.

On December 2018, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB), Home Development and Mutual Fund (PAG-IBIG Fun), and the City Government of Muntinlupa for the housing project. 

Last October 13, a raffle for housing unit assignment for the initial building constructed in the housing site was conducted among the first batch of beneficiaries comprising of 68 local government employees.

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