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With the opening of phase three of our subdivision, I decided to check it. Phase three of the Pueblo San Antonio subdivision is only a short bike ride away so I hopped on the bike and pedaled over to it. Unfortunately it was a windy day so it really made filming with audio nearly impossible. Check out the video I made. I felt a sense of deja vu being reminded of the time Remy and I started building our first house in phase 2. I believe we were the third family to start building and the first family to complete our home and live in it.

What’s It Take to Build

While there are some subdivisions in the Philippines that sell house and lot together, our subdivision worked like this. You found the lots that were available, you put down a down payment ( about five thousand pesos).  You either paid off the note or made mostly payments for up to five years. Once you have paid off about 70 percent, the developer would issue you a certificate for a right to build. You take that certificate and head over the engineering department of you town to apply for a building permit.  A lot of people try to get around the law but if you are caught building without a building permit, the engineering department will shut you down.
In the video, you can see that there is no security in the subdivision and no street lights. For those being the first ones to build, they quickly get a sense they are on their own.
If they in the process of building, they need to hire somebody to watch over their building supplies at night. Otherwise looters will take the extra building supplies. All of these subdivisions are build on old sugar cane fields so the outside boundary surrounding the subdivision is filled with squatters and individuals who wouldn’t think twice about taking what is not theirs. When we were building we had somebody onsite 24 hours a day to watch the property and supplies.

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