MAASIN CITY (PIA) -- A two-hectare, 100-unit shelter settlement funded by the National Housing Authority (NHA) for P50 million formally took off in a groundbreaking ceremony on March 21 in Brgy. Tam-is, this city, attended by regional housing officials.

At the same time, a similar groundbreaking was conducted for a world-class sports and convention center with an initial fund coming from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in the amount of P250 million, the occasion attended by top DPWH regional officials.

Earlier, on March 18, a ceremonial groundbreaking for the sports complex project and turnover of check by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) in the amount of P53 million was also held at Villa Romana Hotel.

The two soon-to-rise projects are located in the same venue, in a lot owned by the city government with an area of 18 hectares, which is also the site of another soon-to-rise structure, the Southern Leyte State University - Maasin City Campus (SLSU-MCC).

Present in the ceremonies were city officials led by Mayor Nacional Mercado and Vice-Mayor Maloney Samaco; Engr. Constancio Antiniero, NHA regional manager; and Allan Borromeo, DPWH regional director, with Engr. Gideon Sacro, DPWH-SLDEO assistant district engineer.

The NHA housing resettlement project, to be called Maasin Ajonay Residences, will serve as the relocation site for people living in danger zones, Mayor Mercado remarked in his short talk.

He recalled the flash floods in June last year caused by Typhoon Dante which overflowed the three main rivers in the city, endangering the lives of those living along riverbanks, and these are the residents prioritized for the NHA housing units.

As to the sports facility and convention center, Mercado said he expected a bidding be held March 23 so the project can be implemented before the election ban.

“By 2024, 2025 there will be the sports complex and convention center,” Mercado declared. (LDL/MMP/PIA8-Southern Leyte)