Pag-IBIG in talks with Ramon Ang on Marawi housing units
DAVAO CITY, Philippines – State-run Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG Fund) is currently in talks with San Miguel president Ramon S. Ang over his interest to donate 1,000 housing units for evacuees from the war-torn city of Marawi.
“We hope our chairman can convince him,” Acmad Rizaldy P. Moti, Pag-IBIG Fund Chief Executive Officer, told reporters in a briefing here on Thursday, September 14.
Moti said Pag-IBIG Chairman Eduardo del Rosario will meet with Ang next week to talk about the plan.
Ang, he said, “might donate” houses to help evacuees rebuild their lives from scratch.
This comes after del Rosario announced the government will build more than 1,000 temporary shelters for Marawi residents in evacuation centers under the initial phase of rehabilitation efforts for Marawi.
Moti clarified that the planned donation of Ang would be a separate undertaking.
As this develops, Pag-IBIG is also looking into the state-owned lands within Marawi’s military reservation, which was created through a 1953 presidential decree.
Part of the said parcel of land is the more than 1,000-hectare Mindanao State University to which a portion of it could be used for housing projects.
Moti said, however, that many of these lands have no titles.
“We informed the city mayor and the provincial government for them to allocate portions of government land for housing projects… so the private sector come in,” he said.
Previously, Ang, through San Miguel Corporation (SMC), donated P1 billion to the government to build new drug rehabilitation facilities in support of the administration’s war on drugs.
The company also gave families of soldiers killed in Marawi a P2-million business package and a donation to build houses for members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the police in Davao City. – Rappler.com