Iloilo to implement ‘purok resilience’ program

RESILIENCE PROGRAM. Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Jr signs Executive Order 333 on Friday for the implementation of the Purok Resilience Program. The program seeks to provide socialized and localized housing projects to beneficiaries that are exposed to hazards. (PNA photo courtesy of Balita Halin sa Kapitolyo FB page)

ILOILO CITY – The province of Iloilo, through its Provincial Civil Defense Service of the Province (ProCid Serv Iloilo), will  implement soon a small-scale, socialized, and localized housing program for residents of the province living in hazard zones.

Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Jr. in his Executive Order 333 that he issued on July 22, 2022, said the province will shortly implement the Purok Resilience Program, a socialized and localized housing program, and likewise a climate change response that shall relocate residents exposed to natural and other related hazards.”

Under the program, the localized housing project with houses and lots or home lots, with sites and services development, will be undertaken by the province or with convergence partners for beneficiaries qualified under the Republic Act 7279 or the Urban Development and Housing Act of 1992.

The program also aims to establish Purok Resilience sections barangays that will serve as resettlement areas for residents  evacuated from areas exposed to hazards. It will be established in identified lands owned by the province, owned, donated, or made available by convergent partners for the purpose.

“Beneficiaries shall be residents who are underprivileged with priority to those who shall be relocated from identified hazard zones,” the order said.