Decent housing for the poor in Mandaue

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Friday, May 16, 2014


VICE President Jejomar Binay yesterday handed over half of the payment for the lot to be occupied by 1,200 families living on riverbanks in Mandaue City.

He also witnessed the signing of a partnership agreement between the Mandaue City Government and the Social Housing Finance Corp. (SHFC) for the implementation of more housing projects.

A representative from the Lua family, owner of the 6.5-hectare lot in Barangay Paknaan that is being developed as a relocation site for families living along the Mahiga Creek and Butuanon River, received a check worth P44 million from the SHFC.

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Under the SHFC’s Community Mortgage Program (CMP), the agency will pay for the lot where beneficiaries can build their houses.

Each of the beneficiaries will pay the agency a monthly amortization for 25 years, with a yearly interest rate of six percent.

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The lot in Paknaan was priced at P130 million, but the SHFC will not pay the entire amount since the beneficiaries have given the owner initial payment using the cash assistance they received from the City.

“There’s a need to expedite processes to secure land where we can have decent, safe and resilient housing for all, especially the urban poor,” Binay said in his speech at the Oakridge Pavilion in Barangay Banilad yesterday afternoon.

Binay, who serves as chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) and the SHFC, said Mayor Jonas Cortes was among the local chief executives who expressed interest in the CMP when the HUDCC launched its Pabahay Caravan in Cebu in February 2011.

The City has identified about 4,000 households that need to be relocated from riverbanks after conducting a city-wide tagging of structures situated within three meters from waterways.

It helped the affected residents organize themselves into an association to avail themselves of the CMP. The relocation site in Paknaan will be home to 11 homeowners associations.

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The SHFC and the World Bank have identified Mandaue as a model for other local government units (LGUs) when it comes to implementing socialized housing projects.

They conducted a two-day visit to Mandaue’s three socialized housing sites, bringing along officials from LGUs outside Cebu.

The SHFC and the World Bank have partnered to promote the “city-wide development approach” to cities faced with the problem of urban housing.

Lawyer Maria Rosalie Taguian, SHFC vice president for the Visayas and Mindanao, said Mandaue should be emulated by other cities because of its approach to addressing the issues concerning informal settlers.

The City has partnered with the private sector to relocate residents living in danger zones.

For the Paknaan relocation site, it tapped the Cebu Contractors Association for the site development, with the latter providing filling materials for free.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 17, 2014.

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