My Observations: Tahanan Village’s HOA Makes Notable Announcements (April 2019)

I recently passed by Tahanan Village in Barangay BF Homes, Parañaque City, and apart from their election (which took place on April 6 and 7) for the new directors to form part of the Board of Directors (BOD) of the Tahanan Homeowners Association, Inc. (THA), I learned some important details worth sharing here. These details can help you, especially if you are organizing a homeowners’ association (HOA).

Report by the THA President

On April 1, 2019, or five days before the village election took place, the THA BOD led by their President Augusto Tejada published a report in the form of a 3-page document which I posted below for your viewing pleasure.

It’s a report about what the HOA has been doing for the past year.

The most notable items were:

  1. Continued security of the village provided by Bulldog Security resulting the handling of 31 incidents (examples: disputes between neighbors, dugo-dugo attempts), the limiting of the akyat-bahay incident into just one, and continued foot and bicycle patrols around the village.
  2. Some progress achieved on taming over-speeding vehicles within the village by means of the installation of traffic regulatory signs and speed humps (which were quite expensive to do by the way). There is a need however to acquire speed guns or devices that can help the THA read the speed, plate license and capture images of over-speeding vehicles.
  3. Continued repairs on the concrete road cracks. There is a need however to use a roller to compact asphalt down the concrete cracks and already the THA consulted with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

Future developments

The THA’s Directors approved the following projects:

  1. The installation of an ATM (automatic teller machine) within the village, specifically at the area in front of the gazebo near the office gate. Already the association negotiated with Sterling Bank and the casing of the ATM will be deigned by a local architect. Installation schedule is May 2019. If this project is realized, it means villagers do not need to go all the way out of Tahanan Village to withdraw money.
  2. Replacing the current closed circuit television (CCTV) with a more advanced model. This one had to be done because the current model does not have the new functionalities to protect the village from the entry and exit of criminal elements.

But there is more!

For future activities, the THA announced it will be organizing the Tahanan LIFEBLOOD ’19 Love Life – Give Blood Program which is in partnership with Red Cross. This will take place on June 1, 2019 (Saturday, 9AM to 3PM) at the village’s multi-purpose hall and it is open to all homeowners, relatives, staff and friends. Minimum age requirement is 16 years.

The activity’s purpose is to create a supply of fresh blood needed for emergencies within the community, especially if accidents, surgeries, Dengvaxia-related cases, Dengue cases and other unfortunate events happen.

Those who are willing to donate blood should contact the THA’s main office by calling 842-5955 (Weng) or 09175351072 (Dr. Maricar Silva) or 09178155679 (Richard Estuesta).

That’s all for today for community news. I end this post with the 3-page report by THA President Tejada.

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Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAEX) 27-Kilometer Segment Construction Has Begun!

As a resident living in South Metro Manila, I always prefer to see the entire Philippines’ infrastructure get developed and expanded tremendously because the benefits of improved travel time and experience will be felt by the riding public for the long term. At the same time, such improvements will help travelers reach the far-away destinations with better speed and in less time.

Today I learned about some good news – the Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAEX) has started construction beginning with a 27-kilometer section. A groundbreaking ceremony was held at Alapan II-B Village in Cavite Province on March 27. The CALAEX itself has a grand total distance of 45 kilometers.

As announced on the Philippine News Agency (PNA) website, the P12-billion Cavite segment will ensure a safe, efficient and seamless travel for motorists from the history town of Kawit in Cavite to the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) – Mamplasan Interchange. It is expected to cut travel time from 2.5 hours to less than 45 minutes and help decongest approximately fifty thousand cars.

Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar declared that  the project is part of the President Rodrigo Duterte administration’s masterplan to connect Luzon from north to south, to be called the “Luzon Spine Expressway Network” (LSEN), to increase the current 300-km. high-speed expressway to 1,000 km. by the year 2022. Duterte’s term of office will end in that year.

“We will deliver not just on our promise to solve traffic, but to bring development to our provinces,” Villar announced.

More on speed, the expressways are not only expected to cut travel time for motorists but help add to the development of the provinces of Cavite and Laguna.  Cavite is now the biggest in terms of population among the country’s provinces, with an estimated 4.1 million people according to 2016 data from the Philippine Statistics Authority.

In terms of cooperation, Cavite Governor Jesus Crispin Remulla said this “speaks volumes about the dynamism of the government and its private partner.” He said the expressway will connect Laguna and Cavite, and declog the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX).

Meanwhile the Laguna segment of the CALAEX project is now in full swing which, according to Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. (MPTC) president and Chief Executive Officer, Rodrigo Franco, is expected to open the first section during the third quarter or as early as July this year.

When it comes to economic development by means of job creation, the CALAEX will employ some 1,200 personnel for its Laguna segment and close to 1,300 more for site and office personnel as its Cavite segment progresses. It is part of the network of toll roads that the MPTC is constructing and developing, which will connect to Cavitex and the C5-South Link and will make transfers from Laguna, Cavite, Las Piñas, Parañaque, and CP Garcia Ave. seamless.

The CALAEX is one of many projects being done under the highly ambitious Build Build Build program of the Duterte administration. Build Build Build lists down high impact projects that are envisioned to improve the economy, increase incomes, invite investments leading to job creation. In his 10-point Socioeconomic Agenda, President Duterte envisioned the reduction of poverty from 21.6% in 2015 to 13% to 15% in 2022. It was emphasized that the acceleration of infrastructure development will pave the way for a more comfortable life, better travel and improved economic development nationwide.