UN-Habitat, SHFC break ground for permanent housing of residents living in Marawi's ‘no build zone’

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By Divina M. Suson, Correspondent
October 18, 2019

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MARAWI City--To mark the second year of commemorating the liberation of Marawi from the influence of terrorist, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) broke ground in Barangay West Dulay here for the construction of more than 100 permanent housing units for the families from the two barangays who will be evicted from their present places.

One hundred nine families of Agus Malangas and Saduc Riverside Homeowners Association in Barangays Saduc Proper, Raya Saduc, South Madaya and Daguduban are set to leave their present area because the local government is implementing the law declaring six-meter easement along the Agus River “no build zone.”

The UN-Habitat has committed to build 1,500 permanent housing units in Marawi through the 500-million pesos funding of the Japan government which was signed into an agreement by President Rodrigo Duterte and Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the sidelines of ASEAN Summit last year.

Aside from the families living within the three to six-meter easement along Agus River, the families living within the 20-meter reclaimed area infront of Lake Lanao were also identified as beneficiaries of the project.

In West Dulay, UN-Habitat partnered with SHFC which purchased the 1.8 hectare land, one of the two properties acquired by SHFC in January, this year, to jump-start the “Rebuilding Marawi City through Community-driven Shelter and Livelihood Support” initiative.

In January, SHFC held a groundbreaking ceremony in Barangay Dulay Proper for the construction of 800 permanent housing units for the families from the most affected area (MAA).

SHFC President Atty. Arnolfo Cabling said it took them long to start the project because of the challenges they met such as the purchase of land.

“Lot acquisition has been our problem because we have problem with respect to lot ownership, titles and many others," said Cabling.

Earlier last week, a groundbreaking ceremony was also held in Barangay Kilala, a site acquired by the National Housing Authority (NHA), for the construction of 500 permanent housing units for the families living in ‘no build zones’ inside the MAA.

The NHA is still looking for other site in Marawi for the rest of permanent housing units to complete the 1,900 units for the families living in "no build zone."


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