Gov’t targets completion of 1,800 permanent houses PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 11:44

Despite the latest drawback in the city’s rehabilitation program, City Planning and Development Officer and rehabilitation cluster head Engr Rodrigo Sicat reiterated the city government’s intent to comply with the timeline set by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to move internally displaced persons to safer homes.

“Hopefully by the end of this year, we will be able to deliver 1,800 permanent housing units,” Sicat told members of the local media during Monday’s regular press briefing at City Hall.

As of October 3, 238 out of 1,610 one-storey duplex loftable units have already been completed with 194 in various stages of construction. Most of these units have already been turned over to the beneficiaries.

The construction of the planned 613 units in two-storey, eight-unit buildings as well as the targeted 4,500 units of housing-on-stilts are still at their pre-implementation stage.

Taking cognizance of how the delay in the shipment of needed lumber into the city can hamper the pace of the implementation, the National Housing Authority (NHA) has already directed its contractors to accelerate the construction of housing units to make up for any lag caused by the delay in the shipment of lumber into the city.

Barring any further snags in the rehabilitation plans, Sicat expressed optimism that most families temporarily staying at the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex would have already transferred to permanent housing units thereby clearing the grandstand before the December 15 target.

Should the number of permanent housing units could not accommodate the families living at the grandstand, he continued, the city government has already looked into other options including the transfer of said families to transitory sites.

The city government also hopes to continue with the construction of more permanent housing units early next year with the implementation of bigger housing projects, particularly in the 38-hectare Tiao Him property.

No less than DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman announced to IDPs during her visit to the city last month of their transfer to a better housing facility before the year ends. — Claudine Uniana