By Raymund Antonio
The Office of the Vice President expects the completion of its housing project by midyear for the 60 families displaced by the five-month fighting between government troops and local terrorists in Marawi City.
Vice Presidential spokesperson Georgina Hernandez disclosed that the families affected by Marawi crisis could move in to the transitory shelters once completed either in June or July.
“This is where they would live from the classrooms, covered courts turned into evacuation centers. They will transfer to the transitory shelter where they will live for 3-5 years,” she said.
The OVP initiated the construction of 60 housing units called Angat Buhay village at Barangay Sagongsongan for those who lost their homes due to the armed conflict.
In this village, the shelters will be built with health and learning centers. There will also be livelihood assistance for the affected families.
Vice President Leni Robredo is set to return to the war-torn city this month to lead the groundbreaking ceremony for the housing project.
The housing project was accomplished through the P7.5 million donation by Robredo’s 25,000 supporters across the country under the “Piso Para Kay Leni Movement”. There were also donations that came from her office’s partnership with private companies.
“Apart from housing, VP Leni is making sure the services are complete when it comes to the temporary learning centers and classrooms. We also have a health center and livelihood for residents,” Hernandez said.
“There is a wide area in the transitory village where they can plant vegetables for consumption of their families, but they can also sell them to nearby barangays and market,” she added.
Robredo’s office partnered with the Marawi city government and non-governmental organizations on the selection of beneficiaries of the housing project.
Hernandez said the poor families in Marawi before the war began and displaced residents whose homes were in the ground zero of the battle would be given priority in the distribution of shelters.