TAGUM CITY—50 families that have lived precariously along the accretion area of the Hijo River have now moved in to houses that were built on 60 square-meter lots located at Purok 3-G in Barangay Apokon during the official turn-over ceremony held on April 11, 2019. 

Designed by the City Government of Tagum (LGU- Tagum) and approved by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the duplex houses of the beneficiaries-families are mainly funded by the DSWD through their Modified Core Shelter Program.

Each family was provided by the national government with 70 thousand-peso worth of construction materials and was given a chance to earn Php 226 daily for ten days in a Cash-for-Work scheme presented by the DSWD which allowed a skilled member of the family to personally work on building their home.

The LGU countered the fund outsourced from the DSWD with provisions under its Shelter Assistance Program that included hollow blocks, sand and gravel, galvanized iron, lumber and provided the labor force in fabricating or welding the steel trusses of each of the duplex houses. 

The beneficiaries had been selected based on the tagging process undertaken by the City Housing and Land Management Office, with the barangay officials of Apokon confirming the families as living in the Barangay Apokon- located accretion area of the Hijo River which had been acknowledged as a danger zone.

The payment scheme of the government-funded socialized housing given to the newly relocated members of the community in RTU Village, a relocation site under the ownership of LGU Tagum, is bound to be heavily subsidized by the local government unit.

The turn-over ceremony which was spearheaded by Tagum City Mayor Allan Rellon was witnessed by DSWD XI Regional Director Mercedita Jabagat and other city and barangay officials, LGU employees as well as barangay functionaries. (CIO- Tagum)