Urban poor to benefit from Manila housing projects

MANILA, Dec. 22 — Some 585 urban poor families stand to benefit from Manila’s housing projects after the interior and local government department and the city of Manila forged the trust fund for informal settler familie’s homes to cap off this year’s urban poor solidarity week.

Leaders from government, civil society and people’s organizations bore witness to the awarding of the fund for the site development and construction of two separate projects in BASECO and De Dios in the city.

Urban poor fit in the landscape of Manila. Photo credit: Aaron Kyle (https://www.flickr.com/photos/aaronkyle/).

Following the General Appropriations Act of 2014, the fund for the construction of socialized housing for ISFs in Metro Manila, amounting to P334.5 million will be shared by the cities of Malabon, Las Pinas, Muntinlupa, Caloocan, Navotas and Manila.

The seed fund for Manila is one of the many fruits of the meaningful cooperation between the DILG, the local government and people’s organizations such as Karangalan and Ugnayang Lakas ng Apektadong Pamilya sa Baybayin ng Ilog Pasig (ULAP) of Manila.

Signing in behalf of DILG was Secretary Mar Roxas while Mayor Joesph Estrada represented the city of Manila. Also present were Social Welfare secretary Dinky Soliman, Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs Secretary Ronaldo Llamas and Philippine Commission for the Urban Poor chairman Hernani Panganiban.

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