Government temporarily suspends ‘Balik Probinsya’ program
Aileen Cerrudo • June 11, 2020 • 832
The government’s ‘Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa’ Program has been temporarily suspended to give way for the repatriation of overseas Filipinos and stranded students in Metro Manila.
National Housing Authority (NHA) General Manager Arcelino Escala Jr. said this is following the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte to prioritize the stranded individuals in Metro Manila to decongest the area to prepare for the ‘new normal’ setting.
“This was a clear instruction from the President, unahin pauwiin ang ating mga kababayan na stranded dito sa Maynila (Prioritize our fellowmen stranded in Metro Manila) and these are the OFWs (overseas Filipino workers), the construction workers, ating mga turista at mga estudyante (our tourists and students). That is the arrangement right now,” he said.
Escala said the Balik Probinsya will resume once all stranded Filipino have been sent home.
“I foresee that in the next month, let’s say for example July, I think bababa na ang demand ng stranded (there will be less demand for stranded citizens) and therefore Balik Probinsiya will now take our second rollouts by that time,” he said. –AAC(with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)
The National Housing Authority (NHA) began the distribution of housing units on Wednesday (October 17) to victims of Typhoon Yolanda in Carigara, Leyte.
A total of 3,489 housing units have been allocated to the municipality of Carigara.
Each unit costs P290,000 including land acquisition and its development; but will be given free to beneficiaries.
The family of Mang Renato Gaspar is one of the victims of super typhoon Yolanda in 2013 in Carigara.
Since the calamity, they have been relocated thrice because they have no property to set up their permanent residence on.
“Pag-gagamitin na ng may-ari yung lupa nila, aalisin na naman yung bahay namin. Makikiusap nanaman kami sa iba,” said Mang Renato.
Gaspar was delighted to be one of the first recipients of NHA’s housing project.
“Malaking pagpasalamat namin. Safe na po talaga ito kaysa dun sa dati namin,” he said.
Carigara Mayor Eduardo Ong said that residents within the danger zone are prioritized for relocation.
“Unang priority yung coastal barangays, landslide-prone area, flood-prone, yan ang mga priority. Ang LGU ang nag-identify niyan,” said Ong.
The units have a lot area of 4×10 meters including the comfort room and laundry area.
The NHA assured that the units given to the survivors are not substandard.
The units have their own power and water lines and can withstand maximum sustained winds of up to 250 kilometers per hour (kph).
To avoid allegations of favoritism, the units will be distributed through a raffle system.
The NHA reminds beneficiaries of housing projects to follow the specific guidelines since the housing authority can reclaim their benefits if proven that they violated the rules. — Yssa Jalmasco ( with reports from Archyl Egano)
FILE PHOTO: PhilHealth’s #23 Mark Eduard Pedroso trying to escape the triple-team defense in their game against the Department of Agriculture Food Masters when he contributed an impressive 29 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steals to go with his fellow team leader Jonathan Aldave who put up 31 pts, 8 rebs, 2 ast, 1 stl and 2 blk. (Lian Opol / Photoville International)
Games on Sunday, September 23
2PM – NHA vs Philhealth
3:30PM – PITC vs PNP
5PM – GSIS vs Senate
Venue: GSIS Gymnasium
Address: GSIS Financial Center, Macapagal Avenue, Pasay City
Fresh from claiming their first victory against the two-time champion Judiciary Magis, the NHA Builders are now preparing for an upcoming match against the PhilHealth Plus in the ongoing elimination rounds of UNTV Cup Season 7.
The NHA basketball team is gunning for a second win as part of its aim to finish higher than last season’s fourth rank.
NHA Builders Head Coach Silverio ‘Bennett’ Palad III said they are now ramping up practices and tactics to boost the players’ stamina and chemistry, especially since they are set to clash with a team that also boasts of swift-footed players and skillful shooters.
“Hopefully, sana mag-continue yung camaraderie and yung ano ng mga bagong players maka-adjust doon sa mga dati kong players,” the NHA Builders coach said.
(Hopefully, we can continue the camaraderie and the integration of the news players to our team.)
“Marami [pa kaming adjustments na gagawin], kasi unang una yung mga shooting nila hindi pa naglalabasan, yung mga passing nila, pati yung defense, yung defense nade-delay pa masyado. Hindi sila nag-aadjust kaagad kaya nababagsakan ng tao sa ilalim. So madami pa kami ia-adjust sa kanila so hopefully makapasok kami sa championship,” Coach Palad added.
(We still have to do a lot of adjustments. Firstly, their shooting: sure shots are not consistent yet, their passing, their defense mostly are delayed that’s why we have allowed the opponents a lot of points in the paint. So, we still have to work out a lot of things. Hopefully, we can qualify for championship title this season.)
Team PhilHealth Plus is also adjusting its players’ techniques, refusing to get intimidated by NHA’s speed and power.
“Together with the coaching staff, we need to adjust… nakita namin yung plus at minus ng team namin but we really have to help each other to get rebounding, we have to take advantage of our quickness and sa aming mga shooting we need to practice more,” PhilHealth Plus Head Coach Delio Aseron III said.
(Together with the coaching staff, we need to adjust…we saw the strengths and weaknesses of our team. But we really have to help each other to get rebounding. We have to take advantage of our quickness. And when it comes to our shooting, we need to practice more.)
PhilHealth has yet to record a win after suffering a defeat from their debut match with DA Food Masters last week.
The NHA and PhilHealth clash is the first of the three games slated on Sunday at the Pasig City Sports Center. — Bernard Dadis | UNTV News & Rescue
ZAMBO BRIDGE COLLAPSE: A bridge mishap at a housing site in Zamboanga (Courtesy of EMEDIAMO)
The Zamboanga City Council wishes to meet with the leadership of the National Housing Authority (NHA) over the agency’s defective project in the area.
This includes substandard housing units and a worn-out bridge that leads to a resettlement site in Rio Hondo which recently collapsed.
Councilor Cesar Jimenez said the NHA must explain the incident.
“What happened is the best evidence ng klase ng proyekto na iniimplenta ng NHA sa atin (of the kind of projects that NHA has been implementing). Now they are the implementing arm of this kind of projects. Itong klase ng kinonconstruct nila dito sa (The quality of their construction in) Zamboanga we cannot allow that,” said City Councilor Atty. Cesar Jimenez.
The dialogue is expected to be held on May 8 during the regular session of the city council. – UNTV News & Rescue
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