Village in Tacloban City Turning into a Ghost Town as 1,000 Units Remain Unoccupied… What a Waste of Resources!

You would think that a village with 1,000 homes would be a fun-filled and busy one but in Tacloban City, there’s one village that is turning into a ghost town as only around 4 of its 1,000 units are occupied – and the rest seem to be doomed forever unless the contractor steps up and finish the job before the houses deteriorate from being unused and unoccupied for so long!

These houses in Sangyaw Village of Brgy Tagpuro in Tacloban City, Leyte were supposed to be for 450 members of the Philippine National Police (PNP), 450 for personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), 50 for members of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor), and 50 for officers of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP).

The project was launched in April 2013 by the National Housing Authority (NHA) through the Solana Land Development Corporation and Golden Build Corporation.

Although the homes were intended for uniformed personnel, Typhoon Yolanda victims were given priority to the units but to date, only about four of the homes are occupied – and those living there don’t even have occupancy permits!

Photo credit: Lottie Salarda / InterAksyon
Photo credit: Lottie Salarda / InterAksyon

According to a village guard who refused to be named, no one wanted to transfer to these new homes because there was no electricity and running water in the village – who would want to live in a place with no electricity and water, anyway?

These homes were actually quite cheap as they only cost PhP240,000 pesos each – and occupants only have to pay Php200 per month for 30 years to pay for Php205,000 of the house since the government will subsidize Php35,000 of the cost; still, this cheap deal is not enough for the prospective beneficiaries, especially without basic utilities available in the village.

Moreover, in an inspection conducted by a team from NHA National Office, some of the homes appeared to have some defects.

NHA Estate Management Specialist Dorcas T. Secreto also revealed that their office is still waiting for the contractor to fully finish the project but it seems that the progress is going too slow even if it has been 3 years now since the village was launched and the project was supposed to have been completed in 18 months.

Sadly, these homes might end up being part of a ghost town while there remain a lot of people homeless or living in temporary shelters in the city…


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