Manila council OKs shelter plan for residents living in ‘critical zones’

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The Manila City Council has approved the city government’s local shelter plan for low-income families living in critical zones.

Manila mayor Isko Moreno said the local shelter plan involves building decent, affordable, disaster risk resilient and climate change-adaptive shelters.

“I, too, personally experienced being an informal settler in Tondo during my younger years. This has been my drive to provide a comfortable shelter to every Manileño,” he said.

Last year, the Manila Bay Clean-Up Rehabilitation and Preservation Program’s Regional Inter-Agency Committee issued a “zero” grade against the local government after it found out that the previous administration did not have any local shelter plan.

Manila Urban Settlements Office (USO) chief Atty. Cris Fernandez said the local government will acquire 191.05 hectares of land for development into socialized housing projects from 2020 to 2025.

The goal is to build “livable and socially responsible residential communities” for 14,785 households at in-city resettlement by 2025.