An ally of mayor-elect Alfredo “Albee” Benitez sees no conflict of interest in the proposed housing project in collaboration with Joly Homes Foundation (JHF), of which he is also president.
Former Board Member Patrick Lacson, a party-mate of Benitez, said the proposal to build houses for informal settlers in Bacolod will not involved funds from the local government of Bacolod.
Rodel Parcon, former executive assistant of outgoing mayor Evelio Leonardia, also explained that the role of Benitez and his administration is only to assist the target beneficiaries in implementing a communal solution with JHF guiding the community to a process of understanding their community problems and then formulate their communal solutions.
Under the proposal, the mayor-elect said JHF will develop a three-storey buildings with 96 units each for the community in Prk. Boulevard in the reclamation area. The informal settlers are constituents of barangays 13, 14, 16 and 35.
Benitez believes that another economic driver that he can inject into the city of Bacolod aside from BPO’s, sugar and government service is construction, through building of low-cost housing for the Informal Settler Families (ISF) of Bacolod.