ILOILO CITY: The influx of some 1,000 new families at the city-owned relocation site in Barangay Lanit, Jaro District, has touched off a need for additional classrooms and other amenities such as multipurpose hall, barangay gymnasium, barangay health center and a daycare center.
Village chairman Simplicio Subaldo said he welcomes the families to their new homes across the radial road but he said there is an urgent need for additional classrooms at the Lanit Elementary School that also serves as an integrated school for elementary and high-school children in the area.
The nearest secondary school is in Barangay MV Hechanova and the Lanit students will have to spend more for transportation cost.
Jeffrey Celiz, executive assistant of city Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog, assured that the barangay concerns will reach the attention of the city mayor.
Subaldo also said that the existing school sits in a 500-square meter area in Lanit and is expanding to accommodate more students. The barangay needs lot donors, notably lots beside the school for the additional classrooms and other amenities.
With the rapid urbanization of the city, families living along the Iloilo and Batiano rivers and in danger zones, such as creeks, are being relocated at the relocation sites in Lanit and Sooc, Arevalo.
This weekend, 79 informal settler families along the Iloilo River in Barangay North San Jose, Molo District, are slated to transfer to the Lanit relocation site. The National Housing Authority has completed the construction of the first batch of 200 housing units and next to follow the transfer are the 110 families who were victims of a conflagration in Barangay Tabucan, Mandurriao, early this year.