Some 160 housing units will soon be built for Persons with Disability in Quezon City.
A project of the city government, the housing project will be developed in a portion of the National Vocational Rehabilitation Center (NVRC) in Barangay Escopa III.
In partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Gawad Kalinga and the Office of Congressman Jorge “Bolet” Banal Jr. the housing for PWD’s complements City Mayor Herbert Bautista’s continuing effort to expand the delivery of services to the disadvantaged constituents of the city.
A memorandum of understanding has been scheduled for signing this month to formalize the development of the PWD housing project, which also Signatories to the agreement will include Mayor Herbert Bautista, DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo and GK–QC head Justine Cruz.
Prior to the signing of the MOU, the parties have already sealed a partnership as early as 2013 for the development of the housing project.
As provided under the partnership, the city government has been tasked to oversee the land development while the DSWD shall ensure the implementation of guidelines governing the selection and disposition of the home lots.
Gawad Kalinga, on the other hand, shall oversee the provision of the housing component.
Mayor Bautista has already unveiled plans for the adoption of a comprehensive development program for the benefit of all PWDs in the city following the passage of an ordinance mandating the provision of a one-percent budget allocation for programs and projects that will benefit senior citizens in the city.
Mayor Bautista cited the move as imperative to the city government’s continuing effort to mainstream persons with disabilities in all government programs, and to open opportunities towards an inclusive society for all.
“What the city is doing is planning our investments for us to able to address the city’s various health challenges, especially those concerns affecting PWDs in the city,” the Mayor said.