City plans condos for squatters-A A +A
Monday, August 19, 2013
MANDAUE City officials are studying the possibility of building medium rise condominiums for informal settlers living along rivers.
Tony Pet Juanico, the City’s housing and home site regulation officer, said the City is having a hard time finding lots for the relocation of households within three-meter easement of rivers.
The City has developed a 6.5-hectare relocation site in Barangay Paknaan for 1,200 families. But households along rivers in Mandaue are estimated to reach 4,000.
But Juanico said the Housing and Urban Development Office is still identifying the families to be affected by the demolitions, which may resume in November.
He said the City Engineering Office will use global positioning system to identify illegal structures.
Juanico said the City considers medium-rise buildings because of the lack of lots for socialized housing. “We are now doing feasibility studies,” he said.
Earlier, Mayor Jonas Cortes said the City has been acquiring lots, but these are solely for school buildings.
Juanico said the Paknaan relocation site is halfway through its completion. An access road to the area has been completed.
He said the City is now working with the Visayan Electric Co. and the Metropolitan Cebu Water District for the water and power supply to the relocation.
About 100 houses have been built in the area. Juanico said they are hoping to start the construction of 30 houses before the month ends.
Beneficiaries of the relocation site can either build a house on their own or avail of a socialized housing program.
Juanico said the City has received support from the private sector in developing the relocation site. The Cebu Contractors Association has provided the City with filling materials and is putting up a daycare center for the children of the beneficiaries.
The Habitat for Humanity, an international organization that builds houses for the homeless, has also pledged to construct two livelihood buildings in the relocation site.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 19, 2013.