In-city housing project for informal settlers to rise in Cebu

Cebu Landmasters Inc. (CLI), the listed Visayas and Mindanao developer, is taking an active role in Cebu City’s housing project for informal settlers. 

The company has signed an agreement with the Cebu City government to donate a P115 million in-city housing for informal settlers of Barangay Lorega-San Miguel, Cebu City.

The project, to be completed in a year, comprising 100 condo units on a 1,350 square meter property accessible to employment opportunities, was planned in collaboration with the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD). 

“CLI’s goal to help fill the VisMin housing gap includes well-planned projects for the marginalized. At the same time, this project allows us to assist and give back to the City of Cebu where we have deep roots,” said CLI chairman and CEO Jose Soberano III.

The Medium-Rise Building (MRB) Tenement Housing, to rise in Barangay Lorega-San Miguel, is within walking and biking distance to Cebu City’s business districts.

It will have five storeys and each of the units from the second to the fifth floors will have a gross floor area of 25 sqm., larger than the 22 sqm. required for socialized housing units. 

The MRB Tenement Housing project will form part of CLI’s socialized housing commitments in adherence to the Balanced Housing Development Program.

The project will be the first and tallest socialized housing project to be owned by the government in the Visayas and Mindanao. 

The units will serve as transition housing for informal settlers along rivers, creeks, the sea and other danger zones. Beneficiaries will be selected by the Department of Welfare for the Urban Poor and Local Housing Board in compliance with the city’s Local Shelter Ordinance.

Green building practices will be implemented during the development stage to ensure that the project will be friendly to the environment, according to CLI’s contractor Zumyrphil Construction.

The units have been planned to allow adequate ventilation and will have sun baffles on its balconies to provide shade during the hot hours of the day.

Planters have also been provided for each of the units to accommodate greeneries. These will compliment a green wall which will be the focal point of the building façade, CLI said.

Furthermore, common areas like hallways and stairwells will be powered by renewable energy from solar panels while a sewage treatment plant will ensure liquid waste management.