By Lou Ellen L. Antonio

MARAWI CITY, Oct. 7 (PIA ICCC) — The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) has unveiled here in Barangay Sagonsongan its two model shelter units for the displaced families affected by the 2017 siege.

The target beneficiaries of the 1,500 shelter units are the affected families residing within three to six meters of the Agus River and Lake Lanao in the most affected area (MAA).

The two-shelter units are painted with okir design (geometric and flowing plant-based designs) showcasing the Maranao culture and identity. There have been a series of consultations and workshops with the beneficiaries, ulamas and sultans to finalize the design of the shelter.

Promoting community-driven projects, the construction of these shelters will be done by the affected residents themselves.

The affected families are also organized as homeowners association, which will also receive livelihood assistance.

Christopher Rollo, Country Programme Manager of UN-HABITAT Philippines, shared that “livelihood and shelter cannot be separated; they have to go together.”

“We promote harmony in the community. We also want to engender participation from young to old in the economic activities,” he added.

Ten community infrastructures will also be constructed along with the shelter units.

The implementing partners of this project include the local government of Marawi City, Task Force Bangon Marawi, Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Agency, and Social Housing and Finance Corporation. (LEAntonio)