KIDAPAWAN CITY, North Cotabato, April 21– The Department of Human Settlement and Urban Development (DHSUD) and the City Government of Kidapawan have entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to facilitate the release of P20 million to be utilized for various socialized housing and relocation projects in the villages of Ilomavis and Perez here.
DHSUD Secretary Eduardo del Rosario and Mayor Evangelista, signatories of the said MOA, both expressed optimism for the venture that aims to build more houses for the 2019 earthquake-stricken families from the two barangays this year.
Funded by the DHSUD, the relocation project is under the BALAI Filipino Program of the National Housing Authority (NHA) and the City Government for its part shall develop the projects and complete the land development component in accordance with approved program and schedule.
The relocation sites have a combined total area of 91,096 square meters which will cater to some 768 families, whose houses were either totally damaged by earthquakes or whose residences were located in areas tagged as high-risk.
The houses that will be built come with electric and water connections, drainage canals, and road rehabilitation making it more livable and convenient for the beneficiaries.
It can be noted that Mayor Evangelista coordinated with concerned government agencies such as the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), NHA, DHSUD, as well as other offices to generate funds for the relocation of thousands of families hit by earthquakes to safer areas.
With this, three relocation sites were already opened and houses formally turned over to recipients. These were in Barangay Ilomavis on July 2020 with 357 houses, Barangay Indangan on February 8, 2021 with 108 houses, and Barangay Perez on March 26, 2021 with 50 houses initially.
The City Government of Kidapawan is the first LGU among earthquake-stricken areas to fully implement and completely turned over houses funded by national government agencies. (AJPME/JSCJ-CIO Kidapawan City LGU)