Urban poor housing eyed in Talisay City
Iris Mariani B. Algabre (The Freeman) - February 19, 2018 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines — The challenge of providing accessible and affordable housing solutions to the poor remains a great challenge in the Philippines.

In Talisay City, Cebu, for instance, the number of informal settler families is increasing.

Based on data from the Talisay City Social Housing Board, there are19,762 informal settler families in the city.

This issue prompted the Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC), a government agency, to offer socialized housing program for the “poorest of the poor.”

SHFC provides innovative housing solutions that respond to the needs of all homeless Filipino families.

Lawyer Arnulfo Cabling, SHFC president, paid Mayor Eduardo Gullas a visit two weeks ago to discuss about the government’s housing programs.

Cabling said SHFC wants to help the city government of Talisay address the growing number of illegal settlers.

The agency, he said, has allotted this year one billion pesos for the housing projects in the Visayas.

“Sa among assessment Talisay is very ready. We will be back for planning sessions.  We want it well planned to have a holistic, flexible, and sustainable program,” he said.

For his part, Gullas said the city government is willing to provide a lot for the housing project.

The city owns a 500-square meter property in Barangay Pooc.

Cabling said it would be better for the city to construct a high-rise building to accommodate more informal settlers.

He added that they will come up with a “flexible” plan that suits the situation of the city.

During the previous administration, the city was able to relocate 2,517 families. (FREEMAN)

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