Displaced residents of Marawi City will get livelihood opportunities on top of socialized housing, said lawyer Arnolfo Ricardo C. Cabling, president of the Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC).

cablingCabling also said  recipients of the housing project in the the rebuilding and rehabilitation of Marawi City will be imbued with “peoples’ process,” where community-driven approach is the norm.

“Various capacity development activities such as projects, financial and estate management will be conducted with communities to empower them to be leaders of the different aspects of the projects,“ Cabling said.

“This will encourage participation from each and every member of the community and from the various sectors of Marawi society,” he added.

Last year, SHFC and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN Habitat) signed an agreement with the local government of Marawi City for a housing project that includes a livelihood component.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) aims to strengthen the housing project’s community-driven approach, UN-Habitat Country Programme Manager Christopher E. Rollo said.

The project will build 1,500 shelters for identified “home partners” organized under SHFC’s Community Mortgaged Program (CMP). SHFC is the lead government agency for social housing programs catering to low-income families.

Rollo said the beneficiaries will play a key role during the whole process, from site selection, home partner selection, even to the house design. They will be trained to inspect the quality of materials of the their own housing units, ensuring that these are completed according to agreed specifications.

Families and community members will also be required to conduct financial monitoring and regular auditing to keep all the recipients updated of the project, he added.

“This project presents a new challenge, especially that we have to consider the complex land issues in post-conflict situation,” Rollo said. “In this area, we rely on our expertise.”

Complementing the housing project, Rollo said, is the livelihood support in which all recipients will be trained in construction, small-scale enterprise and similar skills.

Edguardo del Rosario, chairperson of Task Force Bangon Marawi, said each two-level housing unit will feature a minimum of 36 sq. meter floor area enough to hold 12 to 14 family members.

For his part, Marawi City Mayor Majul Usman Gandamra expressed his gratitude to the UN-Habitat and the government agencies working with residents in the shelter and livelihood recovery program.

“This program will help address the needs of the IDP’s (internally displaced persons) and will also help restore the dignity they had lost, including their properties and livelihood, after a year of fear and uncertainly brought by the siege,” Gandamra said.

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