By Claire R. Gigje
MARAWI CITY, May 25–The permanent housing project constructed by the National Housing Authority (NHA) for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the city is expected to be completed before the year 2021 ends.
Marcelino Escalada Jr., general manager of the NHA, shared that the ongoing project is uncommon to what is typically built by the agency.
“The permanent housing project of NHA to Marawi is very unique kasi this is one of its kind. Hindi siya iyong universal na common design ng NHA [It is not the universal design of the NHA]… This is a very specific demand-driven design,” he said.
Coined as Pamayandeg Ranao Residences at Dansalan, the project has a target of 1,800 housing units in a 39-hectare land area. The project is also divided into four phases wherein Phases 1 and 2 are situated in Brgy. Kilala, and Phases 3 and 4 are in Brgy. Mipantao Gadongan.
Engr. Clemente Dayot, NHA-acting regional manager of Region IX and BARMM and head of the NHA-Marawi Project Management Office (MPMO), explained that out of these 1,800 units, United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat) built its share of 250 units in Brgy. Kilala and 50 units in Brgy. Mipantao Gadongan while the NHA constructed its 750 units each for the cited barangays with the Php900 million allocated budget from National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management – Marawi Recovery, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Program (NDRRM-MRRRP).
He also stated that for the local government’s part, the city government of Marawi City shall implement the Phases 1 and 2 as the provincial government of Lanao del Sur shall administer the Phases 3 and 4.
As of the latest record, the project already holds about 660 active units.
More infrastructures are also built in the planned subdivision as part of the approved project package. These include the barangay outpost situated at the entrance of the area, business center or central hub surrounded by a three-storey elementary school building adopting the standard design of the Department of Education (DedEd) with 15 classrooms and multipurpose covered court, high school building with its own multipurpose covered court, wet and dry markets, transport terminal, mosque, and daycare, health, livelihood and business centers.
Dayot stressed that identification of beneficiaries shall be shouldered by the implementing local government units.
“Turn-over sa units is nasa LGU na po iyan, iyong about sa beneficiaries [Turn-over of units is with LGU already, everything about the beneficiaries]. NHA is only for implementation,” he emphasized.
Apart from the permanent housing project, the NHA also spearheads the construction of temporary shelters which is now 95% done, and the concreting of road infrastructure comprising the primary, secondary and tertiary networks in the most affected area (MAA) which is foreseen to attain completion by the end of September 2021. Philippine Information Agency