1,000 houses ready for informal settlers

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014


A TOTAL of 1,000 housing units are ready to accommodate informal settlers who were forced to leave the Iloilo River, creeks, and other danger zones in Iloilo City.

Last week, the contractor JD Legaspi Construction turned over to President Benigno Aquino III the completed Iloilo River Plains Subdivision Phase I located at Barangays Camalig and Lanit in Jaro district, Iloilo City.

The project, which is considered the biggest housing relocation site for informal settlers in the Visayas, costs some P170 million that includes P46 million for land development and P124 million for housing construction at the city-owned land of 5.6 hectares. 

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The land development cost is shared by the National Housing Authority (NHA) and City Government at 50 percent each while the housing construction cost is shared by the NHA with 75 percent while the city shared 25 percent of the cost.

Aquino, who led the opening of the subdivision, said he was impressed with the row houses painted in different colors and planted with plants to enhance the beauty of the new community. 

Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said the Iloilo Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCCI) and the City Government are putting up an integrated school building at the site.

Panay Electric Company (Peco) is also putting up electrical connection lines while the Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD) is putting up water connection lines.

The City Government has also requested the Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory board (LTFRB) to approve a transport line for public utility vehicles to ferry passengers from the site up to Jaro Plaza and back.

The Iloilo City Urban Poor Affairs Office (Icupao) is batting for more land banking reserved for more than 10,000 more of informal settlers, mostly from the provinces of Western Visayas region, who chose to settle in Iloilo City.

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