|Pres. GMA Awards Royal Ventures Construction & Dev., Inc. 2003
The Philippine Star- 2004-01-24
In a short but prestigious ceremony held in the Heroes Hall, Malacanang Palace last Dec.17, 2003, Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo awarded Royal Ventures Group of Companies the 2003 Outstanding Technology Provider for Socialized Housing Category Award.
The “Kabalikat sa Pabahay Awards 2003” is the first ever given by the Housing & Urban Coordinating Council (HUDCC) to motivate its partners in the industry to continue in their efforts to contribute to the administration’s thrust for more affordable & quality housing for Filipinos. Awardees passed through strict housing industry criteria under scrutiny of a committee of six. Royal Ventures passed all four criteria for the socialized housing category : planning & design, cost analysis, materials & design specifications, and presentation. The ceremony was attended by the top leaders of the housing industry, Sec. Mike Defensor of HUDCC, Atty. Ed Pamintuan & Atty. Jopet Sison of the National Housing Authority, and Atty. Romero Quimbo of Pag-Ibig, Congressman Prospero Nograles of the Committee on Housing, Comm. Romulo Fabul of HLURB, and Mr. Gonzalo Bongolan of the Home Guarantee Corporation. Forty-three (43) other government, private, & NGO’s institutions received similar awards for other categories that day.
The Royal Ventures Group of Companies is a Filipino corporation in joint venture with a Canadian company manufacturing a unique housing technology called the “Royal Building System” (RBS). The RBS is a concrete “buhos”, steel-reinforced system of interlocking panels which will give Filipinos strong, durable, decent, beautiful, and affordable housing. The RBS panels are designed to withstand earthquakes, hurricanes, typhoons, heat & fire, water, mildew, and termites. They are easy to assemble requiring only three people to assemble a 31 sq.m. house with no heavy or sophisticated machinery or equipment needed. The panels are pre-painted on both the inside and the outside & are UV-protected and thus are almost maintenance-free. With these features and benefits, homeowners are assured of an almost headache-free house which are beautiful, durable, and affordable. The RBS technology has been around for the past 20 years and is an accepted building technology in almost 68 countries worldwide. It has passed all building tests & codes in Canada, the U.S., Japan, Guam, Hawaii, and the Philippines. It is an ISO-certified technology and has an AITECH certification in the Philippines.
Royal Ventures has a 60 hectare subdivision project in Mexico, Pampanga – the “Royal Meadows Subdivision”, 25 hectares of which has been allocated to their socialized housing project. The contract for the 3,397 socialized housing project was signed in Ottawa, Canada witnessed by Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo during her state visit to Canada last Jan. 29, 2001. Since then, 100 housing units has been completed using the “Royal Building System”; more than 20 units have been turned over to their respective owners with about 30 more for subsequent turn-over pending submission of documents and 800 units more under construction in different stages of completion. Each unit is a 32.5 sq.m. loft-type house on an average lot area of 40 sq.m. with pre-painted walls – almost finished - and with provision for 2 bedrooms upstairs – giving beneficiaries all the advantages and benefits of this housing technology, an updated socialized housing unit, and most importantly, providing them with the pride and dignity all Filipinos deserve - be they rich, middle-class, or poor. The project is financed through Pag-Ibig with a no down payment scheme and an average monthly amortization of P 2,500.00 only. Beneficiaries are government employees, factory workers, and families of overseas Filipino workers in the area.
A portion of the subdivision space (7 hectares) is occupied by a La Salle supervised school, the “School of St. Bro. Benilde” giving residents and other families in the surrounding areas a quality education at a very affordable cost. The school has been in operation for the last three years and has a student population of almost 300 students. It caters to all levels from nursery to high school. The school has its own library, computer room, music & arts facilities, home economic facilities, laboratories, canteen, & store. Other facilities include two buildings each for the elementary, high school, and vocational levels, an administration building (all three stories each), a wide oval racing track, a covered auditorium with basketball & tennis courts inside, a swimming pool, basketball, & tennis courts outside, a chapel, and ample playground, walking, jogging, parking, and open spaces. This year, the school will open their First & Second Year High School classes, as well as the Yamaha School of Music as part of their curriculum. Tuition fee is only an average of only P 13,000.00 for the whole school year.
Another phase of the subdivision project is dedicated to the low-cost category with four house models of duplex and single designs ranging from P 395,500.00 to P 700,000.00 for a house & lot package. This 28 hectare phase will accommodate another 3,500 housing units.
Amenities include an open space with a multi-purpose hall, a swimming pool, basketball & tennis courts, a children’s playground, skating rinks, parking spaces, a commercial area, wet & dry market, and a lot of open spaces, aside from the school. The subdivision is a 25- minute ride from both Angeles City & the Clark Economic Zone in the north and the City of San Fernando, Shoemart, & Robinson Malls in the south and is surrounded by other subdivision projects, like the Pinatubo Resettlement, the NHA housing project, Lapidsville, and others.
With these facilities & amenities within the “Royal Meadows Subdivision” project, Royal Ventures has provided low-income families in this region with a better place and a better residence they can now call home - using the “Royal Building System”.
Royal Ventures has five (5) other subdivision projects using this same unique Canadian technology in constructing their houses : San Pedro, Laguna, Canlubang, Laguna, Paranaque City, Dasmarinas, Cavite, and San Mateo, Rizal. Other projects outside of Metro-Manila and the other regions in the country are in the pipeline within this year and the years ahead.