HUDCC chief eyes temporary shelters for all Marawi evacuees within the year

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Posted at May 21 2018 11:04 AM | Updated as of May 21 2018 11:19 AM

A resident hangs a sign with the name of the owner of a collapsed building in Marawi City May 9, 2018. Owners in the war-torn city are posting or painting their names to their buildings to assert their stakes. Froilan Gallardo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA- The government is eyeing to relocate all evacuees from the war-torn city of Marawi to temporary shelters this year, housing czar Eduardo del Rosario said Monday.

Necessary temporary shelters should be available within the year in lieu of the planned closure of all evacuation centers in the devastated city, Del Rosario said.

"Within the year we expect that all of these evacuation centers will be closed and all of them will be housed in a temporary shelter," he told DZMM.

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At present, the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) has already constructed around 1,000 temporary housing units, Del Rosario said.

Construction for 1,000 more temporary shelters is still ongoing.

On May 23, the Philippines will mark the start of the war in Marawi City that has claimed hundreds of lives and left one of the country's most bustling urban centers in ruins.

Marawi City Mayor Majul Usman Gandamra had estimated that around 14,000 homes were destroyed during the siege, with 26,000 households still displaced.

Del Rosario said they are also planning to start the construction of permanent houses alongside the building of temporary shelters.

Asked on the details of the permanent shelters, Del Rosario said it will be similar to a subdivision--houses will be near a road, have access to potable water, and electricity.

"Never in this administration na magkakaroon ng substandard na housing unit. It will be in conformity to the building code," he said.

(We will never build a substandard housing unit under this administration.)