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79 river families set to transfer to relocation site

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ILOILO City – A total of 79 river-dwelling families in Brgy. North San Jose, Molo district are set to transfer to the city-owned relocation site in Brgy. Lanit, Jaro district.

Iloilo City Urban Poor Affairs Office (ICUPAO) chief Wilfredo Jurilla said the families are just waiting for the go-signal from Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog.

Previously, Mabilog said Panay Electric Company (PECO) was finalizing electrical connections and the relocated families will have to apply for their individual electric meters.

At least four shallow wells will be provided by the contractor to the relocatees and most of them want to transfer before the opening of school classes this June.

The city mayor said he will only allow the transfer of the relocatees when all basic amenities such as electric power and water are already in place.

Meanwhile, the National Housing Authority (NHA) reported to Mabilog the completion of the first batch of 228 housing units of which 79 are for the Brgy. North San Jose, Molo recipients.

The Iloilo River Plains Subdivision Phase I in Brgy. Lanit will have a total of 586, comprising the first batch of houses under construction in the 5.6-hectare relocation site.

The Brgy. North San Jose river dwellers along the old Molo slaughterhouse are part of Phase I covering some 1,000 families living along the Iloilo River, Dungon Creek, Mansaya Creek, Budburan Creek in Brgy. Obrero and Rizal Creek in La Paz district.

Priority is given to the river dwellers so as to start massive dredging in the evacuated area of the Iloilo River.

Jurilla said the area can accommodate another batch of 110 families who were fire victims in Brgy. Tabucan, Mandurriao district early this year.

The Brgy. Lanit relocation site will also accommodate 80 families who had been living at the Brgy. San Isidro, Jaro transit housing units and 300 families relocated from the Dungon Creek.

Records from the ICUPAO showed that Phase I covers the first 1,000 houses for relocatees from the Iloilo River including 79 recipients from North San Jose and 389 informal settlers from the Dungon Creek comprising barangays Magsaysay in La Paz, Our Lady of Lourdes, Calubihan, Desamparados, San Vicente, Dungon A, Bakhaw, Cuartero and Bolilao in Jaro district, Taft North and Sta. Rosa in Mandurriao district.

A total of 340 recipients from the Mansaya Creek covers relocatees from Barangays Mansaya, Lapuz Norte, Don Esteban and Sinikway.

Meanwhile, 148 families along Budburan Creek are from Barangays Aguinaldo, Alalasan, Railway and San Nicolas, 41 relocatee-families are living along the Rizal Creek in La Paz and 109 fire victim families of Tabucan, Mandurriao are included in the batch of beneficiaries.

Phase 2 of the Iloilo River Plains Subdivision is in Brgy. Sooc, Arevalo district and will have 1,435 recipients covering 991 families living along the Batiano River and 444 with ejectment cases from 13 barangays from Molo and Arevalo districts.

The families are from Barangays Boulevard, West Habog-habog, Salvacion Habog-habog, Salvacion Bunot, San Juan, Calumpang and Compania Central in Molo; and barangays Calaparan, Sto. Niño Norte, Sto. Niño Sur, Bonifacio, Yulo Drive and Sta Cruz in Arevalo district. (PNA)