Cebu City sets turnover of urban poor housing

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THE Cebu City Government is set to turn over two medium-rise buildings (MRBs) to around 200 families who were displaced due to the government’s flood control programs and recent fire incidents.

Dante Arcilla Jr. of the city’s Division for the Welfare of the Urban Poor said on Wednesday, June 8, 2022, that their office has already identified 100 families as candidate beneficiaries of the city’s socialized housing program.

According to Arcilla, the two MRBs located in Barangay Lorega-San Miguel will be turned over on July 29.

The MRBs were built by Cebu Landmasters Inc. 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 beneficiaries will only have to pay P1,500 monthly which already includes the buildings’ utilities and security but their office is still working on lowering the amount.

The program will allow beneficiaries to live in the tenement-style housing for up to five years to allow the families to look for more suitable residences, he added.

Arcilla also warned beneficiaries who will not occupy the MRBs but would instead have them leased by other people.

He said Mayor Michael “Mike” Rama has issued an executive order that the MRBs should only be used for socialized housing and not for business.

Arcilla said those who will violate this can be penalized with imprisonment of up to six years and a fine of P150,000.

The City Government also plans to integrate other programs that will help the aspiring sector during their transfer to the MRBs, especially those whose livelihood is in their former residences, said Arcilla.

Arcilla previously mentioned that the Cebu City Government will be constructing additional MRBs on different sites.

Among the identified sites for the MRBs are Barangays Mambaling, Calamba and Quiot.

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