MANILA LGU VOWS STRONGER, MORE AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR HOMELESS
MANILA CITY – The Manila City government has vowed to provide a stronger and more affordable socialized housing for residents who do not have a house, the Manila Bulletin reported.
During a housing summit, Manila City Mayor Joseph Estrada said his administration is determined to deliver their promise for at least 15,000 families should constituents elect him as the city’s chief executive in this year’s mid-term elections.
“Construction, in cooperation with the DILG [Department of the Interior and Local Government], of 128 housing units for the benefit of ISFs in Dubai, Baseco in Port Area [and] provision of P3.3 million in post relocation assistance to 700 ISFs relocated and for relocation in Naic, Cavite, is underway,” Estrada said.
The local government aims to enhance its land-for-the-landless program and reduce the equity share of those who plan to have their own homes from 30 percent to 15 percent by increasing the budget for acquiring a lot.
It also seeks to purchase additional properties for in-city relocation as well as construct more multi-story vertical housing units. The existing ones, meanwhile, will be refurbished as well.
Beneficiaries will be given financial assistance so they can start anew.
So far, the city government has earmarked P213 million to buy 16 estates with a combined total area of 93,000 sq. m. It is expected to benefit 991 families.
Another 376 beneficiaries were given Certificates of Lot Award (COLAs) between September 2013 and October 2018.