ILOILO CITY – The National Housing Authority (NHA) will extend assistance to the Iloilo city government in the establishment of a low-cost housing project that will accommodate the 1,000 informal settlers who will be affected by the Iloilo River Rehabilitation Project.
This was disclosed by Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog upon his return from Manila after attending the State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Benigno S. Aquino III on Monday.
“There was no hesitation from their part when we asked for help. Automatically they were ready to help us; again this is through the graces of the President (Benigno S. Aquino III),” he said, adding he was with Senator Franklin Drilon in the discussions with NHA executives.
The amount will cover P44 million needed for the development of the relocation site that was purchased during the time of Iloilo City Rep. Jerry P. Trenas when he was still the city mayor and P100 million for the construction of the 1,000 raw housing unit.
The affected families are living along the five creeks that are tributaries to the Iloilo River.
Earlier, Senator Drilon, who has been pushing for the rehabilitation project, said there is a need to clean up the tributaries “in order to revive Iloilo River and mitigate the flooding.”
The creeks will have to be dredged he said but its benefit will just be temporary.
“The benefit will be temporary unless we clean up the tributaries. And we can clean up the tributaries only if we remove the informal settlers,” Drilon emphasized.
Reports from PNA.