Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog is set to buy lands for relocation sites for the city’s thousands of informal settlers, reiterating that there will be no demolition of the squatter area if there is no relocation site available for the displaced families.
Mabilog said the city government is set to start land banking this year in order to absorb the informal settlers as all relocation sites owned by the city are already occupied.
The city estimated more than 3,000 squatter families living along danger zones such as river banks and creeks on top of those living in private lots whose owners wanted them to vacate the area.
The city chief executive assured that the city government-owned relocation sites must have complete basic facilities before the relocatees can occupy the site.
Another wave of more than 200 squatter families living along the riverbanks at Brgy. South and North San Jose Molo are set to be relocated as soon as development projects at the Iloilo River commenced within this year.
Mabilog said the city has several relocation sites in place but the major show case is the Uswag San Isidro Subdivision in Jaro district with more than 1,000 houses of relocatees from 23 city barangays.
The subdivision, formerly known as the San Isidro relocation site is more than 17 hectares and composed of several villages funded from different sponsors. Among these are the Gawad Kalinga Village, Habitat for Humanity, CLIFF, Cacho Village of Panay Electric Company, GK Village of former city congressman Raul Gonzalez Jr. and the Italian village funded by the Italian government.
The subdivision has a concrete main road, electric posts, daycare center, health center and a school for Grades 1 -3. Two units of passenger jeeps are currently servicing the transport needs of the relocatees in going to Jaro plaza and back.