Iloilo City Mulls Housing Board: The Iloilo City Government is set to create a Housing Board to put in place the housing projects that are being implemented, including proper identification of beneficiaries.
“Next year, we will be creating a Housing Board which will be a department with a department head. All the functions of the Iloilo City Urban Poor Affairs Office (ICUPAO) will be included in the Board,” Mayor Jerry P. Treñas said.
It will be composed of the ICUPAO, the City Legal Office, the City Assessor’s Office, the Mayor’s Chief of Staff, the Assistant City Administrator, the Task Force Anti-Squatting and Illegal Structure, and barangay from where the applicant comes from. They will approve all applications for housing and relocation to ensure there are no anomalies in the approval.This stemmed from allegations of wrongdoings in ICUPAO that resulted in the immediate termination of services of two casual employees.
“The process of allocation of lots will be reevaluated in order to prevent wrongdoings. An Executive Order, which will already include the Housing Board members, will be in place,” Treñas said.
All allocations of lots and housing units for the past four years will be reviewed in view of the allegations that ICUPAO personnel are selling the same for a fee. After verification, the Board will submit a recommendation to the Mayor who will approve the same. An investigating committee composed of Atty. GV Cuñada as chairman, and members Atty. Jose Gelacio Lira and Atty. Joseph Edward Areño will be created.
All awards which are not proper or without basis will be canceled and annulled and proper criminal and Administrative cases will be filed as may be warranted. (Iloilo City PIO)
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The 24 sqm 240-unit condominium will rise in a portion of a three-hectare area. The housing project will benefit Informal Settlers Families (ISF) affected by the infrastructure projects in the metropolis. The site can accommodate 18 buildings of 60 units each. The 14 other buildings will be constructed as the funds are allocated. These will be prioritized for relocatees displaced by government projects.