Residents in coastal areas housing relocation priority

More than 2,000 informal settler families living in Bacolod coastal areas are among the priorities for relocation to mid-rise housing settlements to be built by the city government, Councilor Vladimir Gonzalez said Wednesday, August 3.

He said social preparations have to be conducted first so planning will come from the bottom up.

Residents living near congested coastal areas and waterways need to be relocated because they live within danger zones, Gonzalez said.

The city’s shorelines and waterways also need to be cleared of illegal structures to prevent flooding, he added.

They will prioritize areas that contribute to floods, he said.

The Benitez administration aims to build 5,000 housing units in onsite mid-rise buildings to avoid dislocating residents from their sources of income, Gonzalez said.*

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