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P35-M for housing project up in Iloilo

by ES Subong

Iloilo (24 November) -- The construction of a P35-million housing project has kicked off with Vice President Noli de Castro and Social Welfare Secretary Esperanza Cabral leading the ground breaking, Friday last week.

The 16.2-hectare site is in Barangay San isidro, Jaro district will accommodate families affected by the P6-billion Iloilo Flood Control Project (IFCP) and those displaced by Typhoon Frank.

De Castro said that as Chairman of the Housing Development Coordinating council (HUDCC) he was tasked by President Gloria Arroyo to address the housing needs of those displaced by Typhoon Frank.

The flood victims are temporarily housed at the 70-room transit houses constructed by the Homeless People's Federation of the Philippines, with support from the Slum Dwellers International.

A total of 500 houses will be built by the consolidated and convergent efforts of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the City government of Iloilo and the habitat for humanity.

De Castro said the National Housing Authority (NHA) will be giving P15 million for site development that includes an access road and drainage system.

Meanwhile, more house will be added to the 500 as the Gawad Kalinga will construct 300 houses, and the Community-Lead Infrastructure Financing Facility has pledged 100 houses.

Iloilo City Lone District Congressman Raul Gonzales, Jr. through his pork barrel has funded the construction of 150 houses in partnership with Gawad Kalinga.

De Castro also said that the Justice Secretary Raul Gonzales, DSWD Secretary Esperanza Cabral and Finance Secretary Rolando Andaya are lobbying to fast track the project. (PIA 6) [top]

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