THE BASES Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) has formally turned over two Fort Bonifacio properties to the Taguig City government for socialized housing.
The BCDA and the Taguig City government signed the rules and policies to implement Executive Order (EO) 70 which hands over Lupang Katuparan and the Philippine Centennial Village to beneficiaries identified by the National Housing Authority (NHA).
In a statement on Friday, Taguig City Mayor Maria Laarni L. Cayetano said the signing of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) as well as the Code of Policies (COP) formalizes the transfer of titles and “elevate[s] the local government’s mandate to implement programs.”
“It will no longer be difficult for the local government to find justification in implementing basic projects such as improvement in the distribution of water and drainage systems, as well as road projects in Lupang Katuparan and in the Philippine Centennial Village,” she added.
Some 48 hectares (ha) of Lupang Katuparang and 13.08 ha of the Philippine Centennial Village will be included in the Bonifacio Housing and Information Technology Zone (BHIT) Property and will be given out to beneficaries.
Currently, only 35 ha of Lupang Katuparang has been used, housing 2,225 structures and 3,260 generated lots.
Some 7.8 ha of the Philippine Centennial Village, on the other hand, is currently housing 13 four-storey buildings and around 848 structures.
BCDA said the IRR of EO 70 guarantees the consideration of human rights while the COP provides security of tenure to the qualified occupants.
Both the IRR and COP were completed and ratified 16 years after the EO 70 was created. — AGAM