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SMASH Core Housing Project

Paknaan Relocation Site, Mandaue City, Cebu | Completed [July 2016]


The Local Government of Mandaue acquired a 6.5-hectares relocation site with 1200 plots for families who are currently being relocated from creek side settlements affected by river rehabilitation works. This is an in-city relocation site located in Bgy. Paknaan, where the local government identified, facilitated negotiations with landowner and landfilled 6.5 hectares of land. Seventeen (17) of these plots were allotted for members of SMASH community. 

Secondary drainage lines will be provided to connect the 17 housing units.  The local government has committed and allocated budget of P5, 000,000 for riprapping of the site the construction of which is already ongoing, and another P5, 000,000 to provide for primary drainage lines, to which the secondary drainage line for the 17 units will be connected. 

LinkBuild, through service contracts with other Philippine Alliance organisations, will construct the units. The TAMPEI and HPFPI regional teams are responsible for construction management and supervision of the project. LinkBuild’s housing finance arm will provide end user financing for the 17 families once the construction is complete. 


The project comprises 17 two-storey row-housing units constructed on 28 sqm-landfilled plots. To become affordable, only a core structure, albeit livable, is to be constructed. It includes a structural frame, roofing, walls, flooring, basic plumbing, a septic tank and electrical wiring-in. The ICEB or interlocking compressed earth block was used as primary building material, which makes housing construction lower in cost than using conventional reinforced concrete, owing to the abundance of lime soil on the island (Cebu).  The housing units are provided with individual "Kotec" plastic septic tanks.