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Del Rosario: Adequate housing units for Marawi IDPs

Philippine Information Agency
01 Mar 2021, 19:38 GMT+10

MARAWI CITY, Mar. 1 (PIA)--Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) Secretary and Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) Chairperson Eduardo Del Rosario assured the public that enough shelters for the approximately 3,000 affected households are still foreseen to be achieved.

Del Rosario gave the assurance during the inauguration of the first batch of permanent shelters from the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) Thursday, February 26.

This after UN-Habitat Country Programme Manager Christopher Rollo shared in a press conference that their promise of building a maximum of 1,500 housing units for the same number of fully validated beneficiaries dropped to only 1,057 units.

"Na-mention ni Mayor na more or less 3,000 ang mga nangangailangan. So, with 1,057 (from the UN-Habitat) and more or less 2,000 with the NHA, I think it is adequate na. Gagawa pa ang BARMM," Del Rosario guaranteed.

[It was mentioned by Mayor that more or less there are 3,000 who are in need. So, with 1,057 (from the UN-Habitat) and more or less 2,000 with the NHA, I think it is already adequate. The BARMM will still also construct its own.]

Rollo also bared that each unit of the permanent shelters they turned over was originally worth Php205,000 and later on hiked up to Php252,000 due to the increase in the cost of the required materials for the construction and changes in the proposed design.

As the project partner for land acquisition and site development, Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) President Arnolfo Cabling added that the issue on the land ownership and legality contributed to such increase in the amount per awarded housing unit and decrease in the number of shelters they will construct.

"As far as SHFC is concerned po kasi, hirap po kaming makahanap ng lupa... I think you are all aware of the status of the land ownership and titles here. May overlapping. It took us so long makahanap ng lupa na wala talagang problema," Cabling explained.

[As far as SHFC is concerned, we are struggling to find a lot... I think you are all aware of the status of the land ownership and titles here. There is overlapping. It took us so long to find a lot that has really no problem.]

Meanwhile, with the inauguration of the first batch of permanent shelters from the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) at Phase 1 of the Hadiya Village in Brgy. Dulay West, a total of 109 internally displaced families in the city acquired certificates of conditional award for the permanent shelters.

Rollo said the certificates of award documented the ownership of recipients. He explained that it was called conditional as the awarding of the units was under set conditions.

"It is an award, first and foremost, because it already recognizes the recipient family as the eventual owner. Pero kasi, kailangan iyong full ownership there are certain conditions doon sa award na iyon," he said.

(But then, the full ownership should have certain conditions with regards to that said award.)

The conditions comprise registration and inclusion in the validated masterlist of recipients of the TFBM, LGU, and other concerned agencies following the UN-Habitat's set criteria, possession of property in the most affected area of the city and agreement to its demolition, and abidance to homeowners association guidelines including pledging not to sell their units.

For the record, the turned over permanent shelters were realized with USD10 million worth of funding from the Japan government in close collaboration with the SHFC for the acquisition and development of the housing site alongside the TFBM and the LGU for the final validation of the list of beneficiaries. (CRG/PIA-ICIC)

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