By Lou Ellen L. Antonio
MARAWI CITY, Jun 5 (PIA) — As the city now is being placed under modified general community quarantine, the National Housing Authority (NHA) intensified its efforts in constructing more housing units for the internally displaced persons (IDPs).
The city has been placed under the enhanced community quarantine limiting movements in the area for more than two months. NHA, however, still continued in the construction with limitations.
To date, NHA has completed 2,302 transitory shelters out of the 4, 852 target. 1,052 of these are constructed in Biyaya ng Pagbabago, Sagonsongan Transitory Shelter Site, 900 in Boganga Lakeview Transitory Shelter Site, 250 in Rorogagus Transitory Shelter Site 2 and 100 in Rorogagus Transitory Shelter Site 1.
Out of the 1,000 target transitory shelters in Dulay, 220 units are nearing completion. NHA also targets to turn-over 250 completed units in Area 8, Sagonsongan Transitory Shelter Site next week.
Ibañez also said that the priority beneficiaries of the transitory shelters are those families living in MAA since the rehabilitation is ongoing. A Technical Working Group composed of TFBM, local government of Marawi City thru its City Social Welfare and Development, NHA, and Department of Social Welfare and Development, follows selection criteria in determining beneficiaries for the transitory housing units.
All evacuation centers are closed since the displaced families have been relocated to transitory shelters. NHA and TFBM started relocating community-based IDPs by December last year up to March 2020. The relocation has been postponed due to the ECQ. A schedule is set for the continuation of relocation.
For permanent shelters, land development is already 50 percent completed. 39 hectares of land have been prepared in barangays Gadongan and Kilala for the permanent housing units for the IDPs who live in ‘no-build zones’ in the most affected area (MAA).
“To date, 46 houses na ang tinatayo [are being built] courtesy of UN-Habitat yung partner sa permanent shelter, because they are the one assigned to construct 500. Ngayong June and July we will step up, full blast na ang construction ng permanent shelter [ This June and July, there will be a full blast in the construction of permanent shelter.]” said NHA Marawi Project Management Office (MPMO) head Roderick T. Ibañez.
For the road network project in MAA, NHA is already in the procurement phase.
NHA is a member-agency of TFBM’s Subcommittee on Housing. (LELA/PIA ICIC)