ILIGAN CITY (16 Nov 2016) - 'Sendong survivors' in Iligan City will soon have their respective permanent homes at Mirador Hills in Barangay Tipanoy this city.
Almost five (5) years after Typhoon Sendong wrought havoc in the City, wiping out lives and property, the survivors can finally sigh for relief as the City local government unit (LGU) has budged to allocate site for resettlement of victims not yet relocated.
Portia Roldan of the DSWD explained that the lack of resettlement area for the Sendong victims was the reason why DSWD, other national government agencies, and International Humanitarian Organizations had a problem of acquiring land areas for this this project.
She said the lack of suitable land hindered the efforts of building relocations sites for the victims of Typhoon Sendong.
After almost 5 years Typhoon Sendong devastated the City, the City Government through City Mayor Celso G. Regencia, and the inter-agency task force have finally found a land suitable for relocation site.
"As promised, DSWD will continue and improve social protection programs that aim to provide immediate relief and timely assistance to the marginalized and vulnerable sectors of the country. These include the support of survivors of Sendong. This project is a welcome development that will accommodate those still unsettled and they hope permanent housing units will be built soon."
She also said that their agency will continue to provide genuine care and concern by extending prompt, adequate and compassionate service, especially to the poor.
Alongside City Vice Mayor Jemar Vera Cruz, are Councilor Jesse Ray Balanay (SP Chair for Housing and Resettlement), Engr. Judy Fernandez (Regional Manager, NHA-Region X), Atty. Rafael Benedictos (Chief of Staff of the City Mayor's Office), and Hon. Modesto Labrador (Barangay Tipanoy Chairman), as well as the other members of the Sangguniang Panglunsod.
Engr. Clemente Dayot of the National Housing Authority said that the primary purpose of this project is for, but not limited to, the resettlement of the Sendong survivors. He further elaborated that in Iligan City, there are still some 2,000 survivors who are living within the danger zone.
He cautioned that it is the joint responsibility of the Local Government of Iligan City, DSWD, and NHA who are mandated to care for the poorest of the poor and the landless. And this particular housing project will only accommodate about 302 residential lots, Dayot added.
According to Vice Mayor Jemar Vera Cruz, this project is one of those that help residents experience the service that was passed on to the officials.
Engr. Judy Fernandez then asked the Local Government of Iligan City to recover from the beneficiaries at a lower rate, and for the beneficiaries to do their part in paying. [Fausien Faez A. Rugay, CIO]