On January 4, 2016, the Mayor of Iloilo City, Hon. Jed Patrick Mabilog signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Philippine Alliance institutions to jointly implement 45 units of core housing in Uswag Subdivision, Bgy. San Isidro, Jaro, Iloilo City.
The MOA is a multilateral agreement between the City Government of Iloilo, Homeless People’s Federation Philippines (HPFPI), LinkBuild Inc., Technical Assistance Movement for People and Environment Inc. (TAMPEI) and Community Resources for the Advancement of Capable Societies (CORE-ACS). The MOA articulates the areas for collaboration and mutual support between the City Government and the Philippine Alliance institutions for the implementation of the said project.
This project is made possible through the City Government’s provision of 45 residential lots in Uswag Subdivision - a 16.2-hectare resettlement site for informal settlers and low-income families affected by major infrastructure works as well as natural disasters such as flooding.
The Philippine Alliance institutions, on the other hand, combine efforts, skills and resources for the construction of the core housing units. HPFPI handles the pre-screening of applicants for endorsement to CORE-ACS, which on the other hand, administers end-user loans. HPFPI also plays an important role in engaging local government as well as in organising those who have qualified to form a homeowners’ association that can collectively manage post-occupancy community concerns. LinkBuild helps to develop the project, and thereafter, manages its implementation, with technical assistance from TAMPEI.
The project is being financed through a capital loan from Reall, of which LinkBuild is the Philippines Implementing Partner for its global programme. [April 2016]