Continuing its commitment to uplift lives, impact society, and help shape the nation, property giant Megaworld Corp. has forged a P65 million partnership with Habitat for Humanity Philippines to build more than 100 safe and decent homes for informal settler families in La Carlota City.
During a virtual event held in September, Jennifer Palmares-Fong, Vice President for Sales and Marketing for Megaworld Visayas, and Lili Fuentes, Chief Operating Officer of Habitat for Humanity Philippines, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to formalize the agreement, a press statement from Megaworld said Wednesday, Nov. 24.
“This partnership with Habitat for Humanity is an opportunity for us to realize our commitment to creating a better world for everyone. We are very excited about this partnership, as this will create a long-lasting difference in the lives of our partner families, who will live in the new community we will build with Habitat for Humanity Philippines,” Palmares-Fong said.
Property giant Megaworld, the Philippines’ pioneer developer of integrated townships, has so far launched 28 master planned townships all over the country, two of which are in Bacolod City : the 53-hectare, Beverly Hills-inspired Northill Gateway, and the 34-hectare The Upper East, which was inspired by New York City’s affluent Upper East Side district.
The socialized housing project in La Carlota City, Negros Occidental, formally known as the Luis Jalandoni Village, will rise on a 3.4-hectare property in Barangay Ayungon.
The community will feature a total of 241 housing lots—230 of which will be built by Habitat for Humanity Philippines using the “Cement Bamboo Frame Technology.” Other amenities that will form part of the community will include parks, a playground, and communal facilities.
This project is part of the Negros Occidental Impact 2025 (NOI25), a project spearheaded by Habitat for Humanity and the Leadership Coalition that “aims to build 10,000 housing units in sustainable communities that are clean, green, safe, disaster-resilient, and progressive where families enjoy security in their homes.”
La Carlota City is the third local government unit (LGU) Habitat for Humanity Philippines has partnered with under NOI25.
“The partnership with Megaworld will help informal settler families in La Carlota to have safe and disaster-resilient homes that they can call their own. We are not just focused on building houses alone, but we are ensuring that the families who would be living in this community will be empowered toorganizedthemselves into a homeowners’ association to further develop the community we have created with them,” said Lala Baldelovar, Chief Development Officer of Habitat for Humanity Philippines, who was also present during the virtual MOU signing.
“This partnership will change hundreds of lives in La Carlota City. Thank you for helping us not just build houses, but build homes, and not just develop a site, but build a community. Thank you for responding to the call of helping vulnerable families in La Carlota have a decent home,” said Fuentes.
In August, Habitat for Humanity Philippines signed an MOU with the LGU of La Carlota, represented by Mayor Rex Jalondo-on, which provided the site-developed land for the housing project. According to Mayor Jalando-on, this marks the first time the LGU will be providing complete house and lot units to low-income families of the city.
“The local government of La Carlota will be really happy to see Megaworld step in and confirm its commitment to build the first homes for this project,” Fuentes said.
Megaworld Bacolod is hoping to uplift and make an impact to the lives of Negrenses through this endeavor. Alongside its ongoing township developments in Northill Gateway and The Upper East, the company maintains a committed vision towards long-term sustainability and economic growth through charitable projects and institutional partnerships, creating opportunities for all, the press statement said.*