To further address the housing problem in his area, specifically for informal settlers, Manila Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso has launched another low-cost housing project in Manila – this time in Quiapo.

Yesterday (September 6), Domagoso led the official groundbreaking for the initiative, which is already the sixth of its kind to be organized by the local government. 

“This is part of our effort to address the housing problem of informal settlers. Many families here in Quiapo are only renting houses. We are giving them the opportunity to have their own homes,” Domagoso said during the ceremony. 

Under the project, a 20-story building – to be called San Sebastian Residences – will be built along Plaza Del Carmen Street. The infrastructure will host a total of 243 residential units and facilities such as a parking lot, elevators, a health center, a police sub-station, a function room, a swimming pool, a fitness center, and commercial spaces for rent.

According to Domagoso, the government will be fast-tracking the project along with other housing initiatives currently being undertaken, particularly the Tondominium 1 and 2 as well as the Binondominium. Meanwhile, the BaseCommunity, San Lazaro Residences, and Pedro Gil Residences are also underway.

Renters will also be eligible for the in-city housing plan, Domagoso noted. 

“We include the city hall’s employees who do not own a house. They are spending a lot of money in renting houses and when they are no longer in government service, they end up with little savings,” Moreno said.

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Image credit: Manila Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso’s Official Facebook Page