The city government needs around 145 hectares of land to accommodate all illegal settlers and homeless residents of this city, according to a recommendation made by the technical working group of the Iloilo City shelter relocation and resettlement program which is under the City Urban Poor Affairs Office (Icupao).
This working group is composed of Mayor’s Office, and support agencies like City Planning and City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD).
According to Wilfredo Jurilla, chief of Icupao, they are now looking at some available lots within the metropolis as part of their land banking for the city’s socialized housing program.
Jurilla, however, is unsure if there are still available lots that would suit their needed specifications.
He said around 10 hectares of land are needed for informal settlers with ejectment cases. But, Jurilla said only two hectares are currently available in San Isidro, Jaro district.
If lots are not sufficient, Jurilla said they are planning to put up “medium-rise” structures like three-storey condominium units in San Jose, Molo district to replace the old slaughter with an area of 8, 000 sq. meters.
On their latest validation, Jurilla said a total of 9,483 illegal settlers are subject to be relocated to give way on the national and local government- funded projects.