BONGGAPO HOMES: A DREAM REALIZED
The program is now ready to take off and realize its vision of providing shelters to low-income families, in line with Mayor James “Bong” Gordon, Jr.’s 10-year agenda which includes a housing project primarily for government employees.
“It took us three years, but it is well worth the wait,” Gordon said. “Providing affordable housing facilities is a big part of the H.E.L.P.S Program and with the help of Willy Tan and his group, we will continue building more houses for Olongapeños,” Gordon enthusiastically said.
Gordon tapped the services of Hausland Development Corporation (HLDC) to develop the area in Purok 3, New Cabalan in Olongapo under its affiliate, the FIESTA Communities, Inc.
Aptly named Bonggapo Homes, this is the first low-cost housing project in Olongapo courtesy of Mayor Bong Gordon, Jr. and the fourth for FIESTA Communities, Inc., three of which are found in Pampanga.
According to their website (www.fiestacommunities.com), “FIESTA Communities, Inc. was born out of a vision of realizing hopes and uplifting lives through affordable housing for the Filipino working class.”
FIESTA is an acronym of the company's core values, philosophy and mission. FIESTA stands for Family, which is the basic unit of a society; Investment; Environment characterizing the festive and communal spirit of Filipinos; Shelter for the working class; Technology; and Affordable through the concerted efforts of the government, financial institutions and the private sector.
The best part of the bargain is that all FIESTA units are made very affordable, with Pag-IBIG amortization of as low as Php 3,659.16 per month.
Around 350 units will be made available, and priority will be given to government employees working in the city.
GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY – Mayor James “Bong” Gordon, Jr. (2nd from right) and Wilfredo M. Tan, President and CEO of Hausland Development Corporation (3rd from left) leads the groundbreaking ceremony of the Bonaggapo Homes in Purok 3, New Cabalan, Olongapo City on March 18, 2009. Joining them were Vice Mayor Cynthia G. Cajudo (2nd from left), First Lady and Zambales Vice Governor Anne Marie Gordon (middle), Pag-IBIG Head Josephine Reyes (1st from right) and Mariano G. Tan (1st from left). (Photo and Caption/ PAO)
THE STAKEHOLDERS – Pag-IBIG Dinalupihan Branch Head Josephine Reyes, President and CEO of Hausland Development Corporation Wilfredo M. Tan and Mayor James “Bong” Gordon, Jr. sign a Memorandum of Understanding for the first low-cost housing in Olongapo, BONGGAPO Homes. Witnessing the signing were the members of the Olongapo City Council and First Lady and Zambales Vice Governor Anne Marie Gordon and Mariano G. Tan. (Photo and Caption/ PAO)