At least 30 percent of the entire population in Bacolod City are informal settlers, based on the data shared by Joly Homes Foundation, a group tapped by mayor-elect Alfredo “Albee” Benitez to build affordable housing.
With an average household size of 4.4 members, at least 180,000 people do not have security of land and housing tenure, Joly Homes said.
Joly Homes Foundation is an NGO that takes part in change-making by working with poor communities in innovating models and practices on housing and urban development.
Benitez plans to provide reasonable homes for informal settler families (ISF), starting with those who reside at Prk. Boulevard in the reclamation area. Residents from barangays 13, 14, 16, and 35 comprises the community.
The mayor-elect announced his plan after meeting with Joly Homes Foundation.
The condominium-like structure will be a three-storey building, with at least 96 units each.
Last June 12, Joly Homes Foundation staff visited Prk. Boulevard and met with the target beneficiaries as part of their preparation for the project.
Based on data released by Joly Homes, at least 41,000 households in the city are considered as informal settlers, rent-free occupants, with and without consent of owners.
Meanwhile, 64,000 are renting the house or the land where they reside.