The City Government under the leadership of Mayor Jerry Treñas through the Iloilo City Urban Poor Affairs Office (ICUPAO) led the groundbreaking of Uswag Village at Brgy. San Isidro in Jaro district Sept. 30.
In partnership with the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD), the project is part of the “Pambansang Pabahay Para sa Pilipino: Zero ISF Program for 2028”.
The ceremony was graced by DHSUD secretary Jose Rizalino Acuzar, Treñas, Congresswoman Julienne “Jam” Baronda, Vice Mayor Jeffrey Ganzon, city officials, representatives from Home Development Mutual Fund, and Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC).
“I am very happy that you are here to start already the groundbreaking of these buildings which will provide additional homes to the Ilonggos,” stressed Treñas.
Iloilo City Urban Poor Affairs Office (ICUPAO) head Rony Firmeza said the event signals the official start of the development of Medium Rise Residential Buildings (MRBs) for the socialized housing program of the City Government.
To be built on 22,000 square meters of property of the City Government, the initial two of the envisioned eight 10-story MRBs are up for construction after the documentary requirements are completed.
Each building will generate 350 units of 24-sqm floor area.
The first two condominium buildings will benefit 700 Informal Settler Families (ISF).
Acuzar said this is a priority of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to offer low-cost housing to indigents.
The funds for the construction of buildings will come from Pag-IBIG Fund. (Alexandra Jover/Iloilo City PIO)