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By Junex Doronio
July 6, 2022
CEBU CITY — For only P1,000 monthly rent per unit, about 100 families would soon have their “home sweet home” and Mayor Mike Rama has ordered the Division for the Welfare of the Urban Poor (DWUP) to speed up the turnover of the P115-million two five-story medium-rise buildings (MRB) in Barangay Lorega-San Miguel.
Following the biggest fire that hit Barangay Lorega-San Miguel in 2014, Rama vowed to pursue socialized housing for displaced families.
City Hall and local builder Cebu Landmasters, Inc. (CLI) collaborated on the Lorega-San Miguel MRB, which cost P115 million to complete.
The 1,350-sqm site on which the structures are situated belongs to the City.
However, despite Rama’s order to expedite the turn-over to the beneficiaries, the DWUP said it would take one to two months to hand over the apartments since they had to choose the renters carefully.
Selection criteria included those displaced by fires or other natural disasters, families residing close to hazard areas, and people impacted by continuing removal of structures inside the three-meter easement of rivers and other waterways.
For its part, the CLI said it pursued the project to comply with the Balanced Housing Act, which requires developers to set aside a specific portion of their budget to build structures for socialized housing. (ai/mtvn)