Wednesday, November 9, 2011

City eyes medium rise buildings for informal settlers

ILOILO CITY, Nov. 9 (PNA) -– The city government is mulling the establishment of medium rise buildings (MRBs) for informal settlers upon the recommendation of Vice President Jejomar Binay.

City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said that two lot properties of the city are suitable for such housing projects that will help decongest the number of informal settlers currently living in danger zones such as banks of the rivers and creeks.

Binay suggested to Mabilog the MRB concept which is a practice in Metro Manila to accommodate thousands of informal settlers with an initial funding for socialized housing project coming from the various shelter agencies under the Office of the Vice President.

Binay is currently the country’s housing czar and chairman of the Housing Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) and under him are key shelter agencies such as the National Housing Authority, Social Housing Finance Corporation, Pag-IBIG Home Development Mutual Fund, Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board, and Home Guaranty Corporation.

Mabilog said the Vice President saw the two city properties earmarked for MRBs during his visit here Tuesday. These are the city land property at Brgy. San Pedro, Molo district which was the former site of the new city hall building and the old slaughterhouse site at Barangay South San Jose, Molo.

The city mayor said the sites are suitable for MRBs of four to five stories to accommodate hundreds of informal setter families. The project will also use less land area for medium rise buildings.


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