Mayor orders close review of housing beneficiaries

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015


MAYOR Jed Patrick Mabilog has ordered the Iloilo City Urban Poor Affairs Office to closely review and validate beneficiaries and informal settlers who availed themselves of the city’s housing units at the relocation sites.

Allegations on favoritism and misrepresentation erupted last week in the awarding of housing units at the River Plains Subdivision Phase 1 in Lanit, Jaro to not qualified beneficiaries but related to village chief Rammy Guintibano of Barangay Camalig, Jaro.

Mabilog ordered the return of two houses awarded to the mother and boarder of Guintibano.

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At the same time, an investigation will be conducted on allegations that some residents of Barangay Lanit were able to get housing units through the recommendation of village chief Sulpicio Subaldo.

These favored families from Lanit claimed to be residents of Barangay Dungon, where there is an ongoing road widening project and whose houses were affected.

Mabilog said the priority informal settlers to be relocated in Lanit relocation site are those living along the river and creeks, as well as those affected by the road widening project of the government.

The River Plains relocation site has 1,000 houses, while the city is suffering 14,000 backlog in houses for the informal settlers. River Pains Subdivision Phase 2 will soon be put in Barangay Sooc, Arevalo for 340 families.

Mabilog said the City is planning to buy six hectares of land in Lanit to be used as relocation sites for the burgeoning homeless families. (LCP)

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