MANILA – Two more housing projects under President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.’s Pambansang Pabahay para sa Pilipino (4PH) program broke ground in Camarines Norte on Monday, targeting at least 4,000 families, including informal settlers.

Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) Secretary Jose Rizalino Acuzar and Camarines Norte Governor Ricarte Padilla led the groundbreaking ceremony in the towns of Vinzons and Mercedes.

According to a DHSUD news release, the Mercedes housing project, located near Bagasbas Beach, is enrolled with the Social Housing Finance Corporation, one of DHSUD’s key shelter agencies.

The project will construct 34 four-story buildings for about 3,200 families.

Meanwhile, the project in Vinzons is a township development composed of 18 four-story medium-rise buildings targeting more than 800 beneficiaries.

“This is another solid testament to the continuing nationwide roll-out of the President’s Pambansang Pabahay,” Acuzar said. “This signals the start of our close collaboration to help CamNortenos realize their dream of owning decent yet affordable shelters.”

Acuzar highlighted the significant role of the local government units in the implementation of the 4PH – from project conceptualization, processing and identification of beneficiaries up to the sustainability of the projects.

Padilla, meanwhile, expressed gratitude to the President and the national government for looking after the welfare of CamNortenos.

Around 30 local government units have already broken ground for their projects under 4PH since the flagship program’s launch in September last year. (PNA)