Cebu City set to receive 2 medium-rise housing bldgs

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THE Cebu City Government is set to receive two medium-rise buildings (MRBs) from a private land developer that will be used for the city’s socialized housing program.

Dante Arcilla Jr., of the city’s Division for the Welfare of the Urban Poor (DWUP), said that the properties located in Barangay Lorega-San Miguel will be turned over sometime within the month.

Arcilla and Mayor Michael Rama made the announcement during the assembly of homeowner associations in the city at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino in Barangay Lahug on Thursday, May 5, 2022.

Rama presented his plans and programs for the “aspiring sector” should he be given a chance to serve again as mayor after the elections on May 9, 2022.

The MRB was built by Cebu Landmasters Inc. (CLI) as part of the company’s compliance with the required Balanced Housing Development Program under the Urban Development and Housing Act of 1992.

Arcilla said the city government has yet to finalize the list of beneficiaries that can be accommodated in the tenement-style housing.

According to Arcilla, there was a proposal that residents affected by the Department of Public Works and Highways’ flood control projects will be prioritized.

But Arcilla said this is still subject to review since it will be based on the urgency and need, especially in times of calamities that may result in the destruction of houses.

Rama said he will check all the documents since the screening of the beneficiaries started during the time of the late mayor Edgardo Labella.

The mayor also announced that more MRBs will be built in the city and one of which will rise in Barangay Kamagayan.

Arcilla further said that Rama is eyeing creating a Department for the Development of the Aspiring Sector to have an office with a higher focus and power in addressing the needs of the poor.

Mandaue to construct building for fire victims

On Friday, May 6, the Mandaue City Government held a groundbreaking ceremony on a proposed four-story building that will serve to house fire victims in Barangay Tipolo.

The first phase of the building, which will cost P160 million to construct, can possibly house 80 out of the 500 families that were displaced by the fire in Tipolo back in 2019.

Architect Marlo Ocleasa, who heads Mandaue City’s Planning and Development Office, told reporters they are targeting to complete the first phase of the project within 180 days.

Ocleasa said those who can benefit from the housing program will be carefully selected by the HUDO’s Beneficiary Selection Committee.

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