For Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)
The Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) is constructing 1,500 housing units in Marawi City as the government prioritizes building of permanent housing units to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), who lost their houses during the 2017 siege of the Philippines’ Muslim city by terrorist groups.
“IDPs without lands and living in danger zones are the priority to be given permanent shelters under our housing program,” Secretary Eduardo del Rosario, Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) chairperson, said in a statement on Sunday.
The SHFC, headed by its president, Atty. Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling, is the government agency tasked with implementing the state’s socialized housing program. The agency provides homes to the poorest of the poor Filipinos especially those living in danger areas and those displaced by man-made or natural disasters. SHFC is among government agencies involved in putting back beleaguered Marawi back to its feet.
The SHFC’s 1,500-unit project set to be completed by March 2021, forms part of a total of 3,500 permanent housing units it projects to build for the IDPs.
Del Rosario, who heads the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD), said around 3,500 IDPs formerly living inside the most affected area (MAA) are in need of housing assistance.
He added that those families living in the danger zones along Agus River and in front of Lake Lanao will be prioritized in the housing projects of the government.
Based on the task force’s data, a total of 2,000 permanent shelters are now under construction through the National Housing Authority (NHA), which are set to be completed by June 2021.
According to the TFBM, about 4,800 temporary shelters have been constructed for the displaced families affected by the five-month-long siege in Marawi City.
Del Rosario reiterated that the rehabilitation effort in Marawi City is on track and is set to be completed by December 2021.
He said the rehabilitation works do not only focus on rebuilding public infrastructures, but also providing social intervention necessary to assist Maranaos to recover from the conflict and cope with the adverse effects of the current pandemic.
The government has been providing livelihood and financial assistance to the affected residents, he said.
“Up to now, the government has been providing necessary help to our Maranao sisters and brothers,” he added.
The TFBM was created under Administrative Order No. 3 issued by President Rodrigo Duterte on June 28, 2017, to ensure collaboration and convergence among national agencies and the local government units and facilitating the rehabilitation, recovery, and reconstruction efforts in Marawi. )with PNA report)