In a news article written in SunStar Philippines, the housing units donated by the Japan Government will soon rise after a five-year delay, as the first construction of the said housing units had already started Yesterday, April 25, 2017, at Pahiron, Lumbia Village.
There are 3,000 Sendong survivors who are still not relocated and with the construction of the 722 houses pushing through, almost 25% of these survivors would be permanently sheltered.
However, the much-awaited 722 housing units for “Sendong” survivors won’t be given for free. According to the City Housing and Urban Development Department Consultant Engineer Ermin Pimentel, the city will be paying P26 million for the 7.6 hectares land owned by the Gador family in Lumbia Village.
The housing unit may be free but as for the lot, an acquisition arrangement has to be made. Each housing unit has a 27 square meter floor area and a lot area of 70 square meters.
Thus, coming up with Mayor Oscar’s formula, multiplying the lot area to its buying price which is more or less P300 per square meter arriving in the total amount of Php 21,000 payment so that the Sendong victims could acquire the unit with its title.
The Mayor is considering a Long-Term Housing Program Plan to give a solution to the city’s housing dilemma which includes the Piso-Piso Housing, Sendong Housing and other relocation projects for illegal settlers. The mayor is also considering either the housing programs would be for lease or lease to own.