By Claire R. Gigje
MARAWI CITY, May 24–The local government of Marawi City announced that internally displaced persons (IDPs) of the city will be awarded soon with permanent shelters that they can finally call their own.
This after City Mayor Majul Gandamra bared during the press interview after the groundbreaking of the Sarimanok Sports Stadium and Convention Center Saturday, May 22, that IDPs residing along Lake Lanao and in reclaimed areas will be given permanent housing units by the Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) together with the National Housing Authority (NHA), United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat) and the local government.
“Nagkaroon na po tayo ng assessment based doon sa records of assessor kasi iyong nasa reclaimed area, hindi na po sila makakabalik precisely because the government will reclaim the area and ito pong mga facility ay dito po ipinapatayo. May naassess at navalidate din ang UN-Habitat, especially doon sa gilid ng lake,” he said.
[We already have an assessment based on the records of the assessor because those who are in the reclaimed area[s] will not be able to return precisely because the government will reclaim the area and these facilities will be constructed there. The UN-Habitat has also assessed and validated more than 1,000 and those will benefit the permanent shelters.]
“As very well said by GM Escalada, within this year, matuturn over iyong permanent shelters. In fact, mayroon na pong permanent shelters na naibigay na sa beneficiaries,” added Gandamra as he relayed NHA General Manager Marcelino Escalada’s commitment of completing the permanent shelters under their care before the end of this year.
As per the NHA’s undertaking, a total of 1,500 housing units are assured to be built in Brgy. Kilala and Brgy. Mipantao Gadongan for the full grant to the IDPs through the Pamanyandeg Ranao Residences at Dansalan project.
With the construction shouldered by them, a housing unit with a 46-square meter floor area will be erected in a 90-square meter lot area. Each unit will be fully loaded and with divisions to have three bedrooms, a dining room, comfort room, and car park.
On the other hand, Gandamra shared that 109 of the target beneficiaries for the permanent housing projects were already given their units through the realization of the Hadiya Village in Brgy. Dulay West. Such effort was made possible by the UN-Habitat with the Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) for the land acquisition and development and the Japan government for the funding.
The LGU also looks forward to the possibility that next month over 120 units will be given to its rightful beneficiaries. Philippine Information Agency