NHA eyes 1,117 temporary shelters for displaced Marawi residents

Jorge Cariño, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 22 2018 04:02 PM

MANILA - The National Housing Authority on Monday said it is expecting the completion of about 1,117 temporary shelters for residents of Marawi displaced by fighting between military and local terrorists by March.

The units, built from container vans using pre-fabricated components, provide a modest shelter inside a 22-square meter space, said NHA General-Manager Marcelino Escalada Jr.

Escalada said the NHA will present its report to President Rodrigo Duterte on January 30. "He will be joining us on the 30th of January to more or less present to him the 500 completed units of the Sagunsungan," he told reporters.

He said NHA is about to reach 50 percent completion of the project, which is why they are now preparing the job for construction in site 2. The NHA target is to build 6,400 temporary shelters.

Escalada said modifications may be employed in the design of units that will be constructed in the coming months after leaders in Marawi requested the enhancement of the use of space and accommodate large families. 

"We are seriously considering a bigger space for site 2. And we continue to dialogue with them, we continue to converse with them. Hopefully, and after, siguro several dialogues every now and them we shall be able to perfectly provide what is best for the people of Marawi," he said. 

NHA is also looking at building low-rise buildings as permanent shelters. 

He said they are looking at the construction of more or less 5 low-rise buildings that can accommodate around 300 units per building. 

The initial target is to serve the formal sector, which Escalada enumerated as the employees of local government unit, public school teachers, policemen and soldiers.

The setup will be different from temporary shelters, since permanent shelters will require titles for the beneficiaries.

Escalada said the number of beneficiaries is also expected to go down against the number of beneficiaries of temporary shelters, since a large number of residents who were affected by the fighting last year are expected to return to their homes and rebuild their property.