The Dumaguete City government may lose the offer of the Gawad Kalinga Community Development Foundation to build 100 houses for flood victims of tropical storm Sendong if it cannot provide the required counterpart housing site.
GK area coordinator for Western Visayas Vince Rivera, who covers the islands of Negros and Panay, said yesterday that San Miguel Corporation has given them the funds to build 500 houses for families who lost their homes to “Sendong”.
City Administrator William Ablong said time is running out for the Dumaguete government to avail of the GK offer, and the 100 houses intended for Dumaguete could be transferred to Mindanao for its flood victims.
Ablong said that GK was among the first to offer the construction of homes for flood victims in Barangay Talay, Dumaguete after “Sendong”.
But the proposal was delayed due to tedious requirements for a road right of way that the city negotiated with several lot owners, one of them based overseas, he added.
He also said GK has given them until this week to decide on whether to avail of the housing proposal or not.
He said the best possible option now is for the city government to purchase the 7,200 square-meter lot in Brgy. Bajumpandan, that is adjacent to a housing village jointly undertaken by the city and the Catholic Church.
Many displaced families still live in shanties or with relatives while awaiting the housing project from the city government and the National Housing Authority as announced by Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria.*JFP
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