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NHA constructs houses for IPs

The government will continue to provide houses to indigenous groups throughout the country this year, Vice President Jejomar C. Binay said.

Binay, chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) said the National Housing Authority (NHA) is currently constructing 1,365 housing units for the Aetas in Pampanga, Mangyans in Occidental Mindoro and Badjaos in Tawi-Tawi.

Over 208 houses have been completed, with Occidental Mindoro having the most number of units constructed so far at a hundred.

Around 92 houses were also constructed in Tawi-Tawi and 16 in the province of Pampanga, Binay said.

Binay, the chairman of the board of the NHA, said the completed housing units will be awarded to the target beneficiaries soon.

Another 400 units will be built for the indigenous people in the municipalities of Banguingui and Panglima Estimo and Barangays Tulay and Pitogo, all in Sulu.

The IP housing program, a pet project of the Vice President, is being implemented through a collaboration between the NHA and local government units (LGUs).