Imee visits Molo fire victims
Senator Imee Marcos said that she will relay to President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. the Iloilo City Council’s request for support for the housing needs of Molo fire victims.
“Yes, definitely. I already said that ako yung super ate, so bibitbitin ko yan at ipapadala ko kaagad, and I will also make sure na the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development will get a copy,” Marcos said during her visit to Iloilo City last Saturday.
The city council earlier appealed for Marcos Jr.’s assistance in relocating families affected by the Jan 28, 2023 fire that destroyed a large area of Barangays San Juan and West Habog-Habog. (https://bit.ly/3Y7TV6o)
The senator also hoped that the National Housing Authority would notice the city’s housing problem, and acknowledged that it is difficult for informal settlers to relocate since it would take them away from their source of income.
“The brand new department of housing is embarking in a quite aggressive housing program, sana mabigyan ng pansin kasi ito talaga ay malaking problema, lalo na sa syudad kasi nagsisiksikan ang mga informal settlers sa mga lupa na may nag-mamay-ari at hindi sila, tapos yung available na lupa malayo naman sa hanap-buhay, sa eskwelahan and that’s the struggle,” the presidential sister said.
“The reality is the people will not move unless there is employment and livelihood, educational facilities and community centers and churches,” she added.
On February 4, Marcos went to Baluarte Elementary School to check on the victims of a fire that destroyed nearly 300 homes and affected at least 1,100 people in Molo district.
She also facilitated the distribution of P5,000 cash assistance to the victims through the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation.