1,500 shelter units to be constructed as aid for Marawi City

A TOTAL of 1,500 shelter units will be constructed for the families displaced by the conflict in Marawi City as part of their ongoing rehabilitation.

The United Nations Human Settlement Program (UN-Habitat); Holcim Philippines Inc., through its corporate citizenship program: Holcim Help; and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) have also signed a memorandum of understanding for a livelihood training of interested individuals in carpentry and masonry.

Cara Ramirez, Holcim vice president for communications, said Holcim will fund the masonry training for 300 beneficiaries.

UN-Habitat will be responsible for recruiting beneficiaries from identified resettlement sites and coordinating logistics for the project.

On the other hand, the Tesda, through its Regional Training Center in Iligan City, will administer the masonry course and certify skilled workers.

The carpenters and masons who will pass from the program will be hired as workforce for the construction of the 1,500 shelter units.

Each unit, which has a lot area of 100 square meters, will have a kitchen, a toilet and bathroom, electrical circuits and outlets, water lines, a three-chamber concrete septic tank, and a soil infiltration system.

A total of 122 bags of cement are needed for each housing unit which will cost P205,000 per house, covering the materials and labor.

Each unit is estimated to be finished in 21 days.


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