The National Housing Authority (NHA) Region 1 Office recently led the inauguration of the dormitory housing project for students from the Indigenous Peoples (IPs) community in Narvacan, Ilocos Sur.

NHA Region I Officer-in-Charge Jefferson Ganado represented General Manager Joeben Tai at the said event and delivered the GM’s commitment to Building Better and More housing for informal settler families and the IPs.

According to GM Tai, uplifting the lives of the IPs through housing, livelihood, education, and all other forms of assistance is one of the program thrusts of the NHA, and the houses that the Authority builds for the IP families are accustomed to their culture, traditions, beliefs, way of life and symbols they observe.

GM Tai said that under his leadership, the NHA should continue to build better and more housing for the IP’s welfare.

The Ilocos Sur Polytechnic State College IP Students Dormitory Housing is in partnership with the local government for the benefit of the IP students in the province. The dormitory is a low-rise building with 12 units, complete with facilities and fixtures, including bedrooms, a kitchen, a mess hall, a laundry area, a toilet and bath, and a study area. 

The housing project is under the [NHA’s] Housing Assistance Program for Indigenous Peoples (HAPIP). Through this program, the NHA provides quality housing units to the country’s IPs.

GM Tai emphasized the importance of such projects in developing [the] NHA’s core, saying, “Let this project be an example of our relentless efforts to provide inclusive programs for every Filipino. This is just one of our many triumphs, and I hope that by the end of my term, we will be able to address our country’s housing needs; of course, through the help of our partners and stakeholders.”

Also present during the inauguration were Narvacan Mayor Pablito Sanidad [Sr.,] 2nd District Representative Kristine Singson Meehan, former Narvacan Mayor Luis Chavit Singson, and ISPSC Campus Administrator Dr. Emed F. Manzano.