Construction on for housing units of river family-dwellers

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Monday, May 7, 2012


CONSTRUCTION is ongoing for the housing units of 1,000 informal family settlers at the city-owned relocation site in Barangay Lanit, Jaro district.

The priority of the project will be the 79 river dwellers at Barangay South San Jose.

The river dwellers near the old slaughterhouse in Molo district will be relocated soon to give way for the river rehabilitation projects and upgrading of the Iloilo River.

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This was announced by Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog after the National Housing Authority (NHA) informed him of the winning bidder for the P169-million housing project for informal settlers displaced along the riverbanks and river tributaries and other danger zones.

Mabilog said the initial 1,000 housing units of the NHA is part of the total 3,000 units to be constructed for displaced families with another funding of P100 million from the Office of the President and P100 million from the Department of Social Welfare and Development core shelter program.

NHA reported that an initial 400 housing units will be completed by October or before the end of this year and the South San Jose river dwellers will be awarded with their units immediately.

Contractor LD Construction assured that all 1,000 units will be completed by May 2013 for the 1,000 beneficiary families.

Mabilog said the City Government is currently finalizing the purchase of 3.5 hectares at Barangay So-oc, Arevalo district for the other beneficiaries and will be buying more lands to complete the relocation sites for displace informal settlers. (Lydia C. Pendon)

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