79 river families ready to transfer to relocation site

May 20, 2013 10:51 pm 

ILOILO CITY, May 20 — A total of 79 river dwelling families at Barangay North San Jose, Molo are all set to transfer residence at the city-owned relocation site in Barangay Lanit, Jaro after their housing units were assigned to them.

Iloilo City Urban Poor Affairs Office (ICUPAO) chief Wilfredo Jurilla said the families are waiting the signal from City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog to occupy their assigned units.

Earlier, Mabilog said that Panay Electric Company (PECO) was finalizing their electrical connections and the relocated families will have to apply for their individual meter.

At least four shallow wells are provided by the contractor for the relocatees and most of them wanted to transfer before the opening of school classes this June 2013.

The city mayor said he will only allow the transfer of the relocatees when all basic amenities such as electric power and water are already available to them.

Meanwhile, the National Housing Authority (NHA) reported to Mabilog the completion of the first batch of 228 housing units of which 79 were already awarded to the North San Jose, Molo recipients.

The Iloilo River Plains Subdivision Phase I at Barangay Lanit in Jaro district will have a total of 586 comprising the first batch of houses under construction in the 5.6-hectare relocation site in Lanit, Jaro district.

The rest of houses under construction are 229 houses with walls and beam, 59 with column footing and 70 under excavation and lay-outing.

Mabilog said the North San Jose river dwellers along the old Molo slaughterhouse are part of Phase I covering some 1,000 families living along the Iloilo River, Dungon Creek, Mansaya Creek, Budburan Creek in Barangay Obrero and Rizal Creek in La Paz district.

Priority was given to the river dwellers to transfer and relocate at the Lanit site so as to start massive dredging in the evacuated area of the Iloilo River.

Jurilla said the area can accommodate another batch of 110 families who were fire victims in Tabucan, Mandurriao early this year.

The Lanit relocation site will also accommodate 80 families who had been living at the San Isidro Jaro transit housing units and 300 families relocated from the Dungon Creek.

Records from the ICUPAO showed that Phase I covers the first 1,000 houses for relocatees from the Iloilo River including 79 recipients from North San Jose and 389 informal settlers from the Dungon Creek comprising barangays Magsaysay in La Paz, Our Lady of Lourdes, Calubihan, Desamparados, San Vicente, Dungon A, Bakhaw, Cuartero and Bolilao in Jaro district, Taft North and Sta. Rosa in Mandurriao district.

A total of 340 recipients from the Mansaya Creek covers relocatees from Barangays Mansaya, Lapuz Norte, Don Esteban and Sinikway.

Meanwhile, 148 families along Budburan Creek are from Barangays Aguinaldo, Alalasan, Railway and San Nicolas, 41 relocatee-families are living along the Rizal Creek in La Paz and 109 fire victim families of Tabucan, Mandurriao are included in the batch of beneficiaries.

Phase 2 of the Iloilo River Plains Subdivision is located at Barangay Sooc, Arevalo district and will have 1,435 recipients covering 991 families living along the Batiano River and 444 with ejectment cases from 13 barangays from Molo and Arevalo districts.

The families are from Barangays Boulevard, West Habog-habog, Salvacion Habog-habog, Salvacion Bunot, San Juan, Calumpang and Compania Central in Molo; and barangays Calaparan, Sto. Niño Norte, Sto. Niño Sur, Bonifacio, Yulo Drive and Sta Cruz in Arevalo district. (PNA)

LAP/AJP/LCP/VLO

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