News Release: 250 internally displaced families in Marawi awarded permanent house and lot

Marawi City – Another 250 families displaced by the 2017 Marawi Siege were awarded with permanent house and lot from the National Housing Authority (NHA) and the Rebuilding Marawi Project of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) during the turnover ceremonies held on March 3, 2022 in Pamayandeg Ranao Residences at Dansalan in Barangay Kilala in the Islamic City of Marawi.

The event was attended by Secretary Eduardo D. del Rosario of the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD), Stean Tsiband of United Nations Area Coordinator for Mindanao, Christopher E. Rollo, Country Programme Manager of UN-Habitat Philippines, Mayor Majul U. Gandamra of Marawi City, and Engr. Al-Khwarizmi U. Indanan, Acting Regional Manager NHA Region IX and BARMM; Head, Marawi Project Management Office.

Of the 250 permanent houses, 100 were built by UN-Habitat’s Rebuilding Marawi through Community-Driven Shelter and Livelihood Project as part of a USD 10-million funding from the Government of Japan while 150 houses were built by the NHA. The houses are located at the Pamayandeg Ranaw Residences at Dansalan in Barangays Kilala and Mipantao-Gadongan.

The land was procured and developed by NHA. A total of 1,800 permanent houses are expected to be built at this site with 1, 500 units to be constructed by NHA and 300 units by UN-Habitat. The 100 units awarded today by UN-Habitat completed all of the 300 permanent houses it has committed to build in this resettlement site.

UN-Habitat Country Programme Manager, Christopher Rollo, said that, “The families have successfully built not only their permanent houses but also thriving businesses and strong bonds of friendships and partnerships which are the foundations of resilient communities.”

For his part, Engr. Indanan, remarked, “On the occasion of the turn-over of completed permanent housing units to our beneficiaries, the NHA would like to assure its beneficiaries that NHA remains steadfast in its commitment to complete and deliver the permanent shelter projects for its intended beneficiaries.”

Najma A. Daromimbang, the newly-elected president representing the 300 families under the Rebuilding Marawi Project and whose family has been living in Pamayandeg Ranao Residences since her permanent house was awarded last October 15, 2021, welcomed the additional 100 families who will soon be transferring to her neighborhood.

“For every family that transfers here means one less family out of the thousands of displaced families still living in transitory shelters, living with host family, or renting a small space in these difficult times. The new arrivals will be given orientation on the policies and the responsibilities of families living here,” Daromimbang added

As of March 3, 2022, 538 permanent houses have been awarded and turned over by UN-Habitat to qualified displaced families are now living in their new communities located in various resettlement sites, as follows: : Marawi Resettlement Site (MRS Phase 1) Phase 1: Hadiya Village, Brgy. Dulay West, with 109 permanent houses inaugurated in February 25, 2021 and 120 families in MRS Phase II: Darussalam Village, Brgy. Dulay Proper inaugurated in July 22, 2021, both on land procured and developed by the Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC).

The 300 permanent houses in Pamayandeg Ranaw Residences at Dansalan, which stand on the land acquired and developed by NHA, were turned over in batches: 50 units in Brgy. Mipantao-Gadongan were awarded to displaced families last July 22, 2021 and 250 in Brgy. Kilala (150 units awarded in October 15, 2021 and 100 units today, March 3, 2022). Another nine (9) units were awarded in the LGU Marawi site out of the 33 units targeted to be constructed at this site. Another resettlement site with ongoing shelter construction by UN-Habitat is the MRS Phase III (SHFC) in Barangay Patani where 438 houses will be built. A total of 1,000 permanent houses by UN-Habitat are slated to be completed by May 2022 in these six resettlement sites.

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