ILOILO CITY: Local and national government agencies involved in housing and shelter programs in this city were tapped recently by the World Bank to assist in drafting a plan for low-cost housing units in the Western Visayas region.
City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said the World Bank plan adopted the theme “No Ilonggos without a Roof by 2025” as a comprehensive ten-year housing plan for homeless residents in the area.
Mabilog reported that the city has successfully implemented a 1,000 housing unit project at Brgy. Lanit and Brgy. Camalig in Jaro district with the help of the national government through President Benigno Aquino 3rd.
The Iloilo River Plains Subdivision Phase I became a model showcase for low-cost housing units for 1,000 informal settlers who were displaced from dangerous zones such as banks of the Iloilo River and nearby creeks.
The city is developing another site for 500 informal settler-families at Brgy. Sooc, Mandurriao district, known as the Iloilo River Plains Subdivision Phase II.
The Iloilo City Ur- ban Poor Affairs Office said more than 10,000 informal families have no residential land and homes of their own.
Meanwhile, the Philippine National Police-Armed Forces of the Philippines housing program is ongoing in Western VIsayas with P4.2 billion promised by President Aquino for the construction of housing projects in three areas on Panay Island.