Mayor wants condo project fast-tracked

WHAT happened to the proposed condominium project for Cebu City Hall employees in Barangay Kamagayan?

Mayor Michael Rama wants an update on the project, considering that it has been a while since the Citicenter Commercial Complex was torn down.

The cleared area is being used by the barangay as a pay-parking area. The fee is P20 for the first hour, and P10 for the succeeding hours.

The mayor said he wants the housing project fast-tracked.

Atong ipadali na. Murag ako ra may gadali ana (It seems I’m the only one who wants the project started),” he said.

Target beneficiaries

Asked about the matter, Division for the Welfare of the Urban Poor Chief Collin Rosell said they are still drafting the guidelines, or criteria, on who will qualify for the housing program.

“We have to adopt a clear criteria in order to select who will qualify knowing that not all can be accommodated,” he said.

The City has around 4,300 employees.

Dominic Diño, former head of the Human Resource and Development Office, previously said that at least 75 percent of the employees don’t have their own homes yet.

Diño had also said that the City was targeting to house 500 families in the Kamagayan housing project.

Once the guidelines are finished, Rosell said these will be submitted to the City Council for approval.

Aside from the guidelines, Rosell said the Cebu City Employees’ Housing Cooperative is still negotiating with the Home Development Mutual Fund, or Pag-ibig, on taking out a loan that will finance construction of the condominium.

Rosell said they don’t know yet how much the entire project will cost, but the housing unit might be priced between P750,000 and P1 million.

He also said they have yet to decide how much of the 4,000-square-meter lot will be used for the housing project, considering the City plans to build a road connecting Don Pedro Cui St. to Sanciangko St.

On when the project will be actually implemented, Rosell said they don’t have a time frame yet since there are many things that need to be addressed.

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