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Payatas: From dump to model housing
Posted 09:46pm (Mla time) Mar 06, 2005
By D.J. Yap
Inquirer News Service
Editor's Note: Published on page A24 of the March 7, 2005 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer
THROW a good idea in Payatas and dump a load of goodwill and what used to be notorious for garbage would be known for gold-hearts of gold, that is.
Plans are afoot to convert a portion of the dump in Quezon City into a model community of urban poor folk who scavenge there.
Quezon City Mayor Feliciano Belmonte Jr. has signed a memorandum of understanding for the "Payatas Ecoville Project," a housing program for scavengers in Barangay Payatas.
About 900 low-cost houses would be built on a 7.5-hectare property near the place where garbage form mountains of urban refuse.
Private sector funding
Each house would cost around P70,000 and would be funded by the private sector.
The project was made possible through the donation by Madrigal matriarch Do¤a Consuela Madrigal of the property to the Quezon City government.
Once completed, the housing project would transform the Payatas area into a model community with basic amenities such as cemented
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roads, a school, a church, community center and recreational facilities.
The Quezon City government would provide the development of the road's right of way and participate in the selection of the program beneficiaries.
Ramon Asprer, head of the city's urban poor affairs office, said priority would be given to families living along the danger zone of the dumpsite.
The danger zone includes fringes of the mountains of garbage, which are in constant danger of collapsing and burying hundreds of settlers.
July 2000 avalanche
On July 10, 2000, a wall of garbage fell on about 500 shanties in Sitio Lupang Pangako on the eastern side of the dump. More than 229 people were killed and about 670 families had to be relocated.
The accident site has since been closed and topped with soil as part of the city government's efforts to redevelop the area.
One such development is the building of a P12-million methane-fed power plant that proponents say can produce one megawatt of electricity enough to power 2,000 households.
The power plant may even be tapped to supply electricity to the new housing project.
The Madrigal Foundation would provide the funding requirements for the development of the housing project, which would be built in cooperation with partners from the private sector.
Other partner agencies in the project are Habitat for Humanity Philippine Foundation Inc., Ayala Land, Makati Development Corp., IPM Construction and Development Corp., and the Ina ng Lupang Pangako Parish under the Novaliches Diocese.
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