THE Manila City government together with government housing agencies will embark on a stronger socialized housing program in order to address housing shortage and provide decent homes to thousands of homeless and landless residents of Manila.
Manila Mayor Joseph “ Erap” Estrada made the assurance during the Housing Summit attended by the heads of agencies from the National Housing Authority (NHA), the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP), Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC), the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), and the member-agencies comprising the Local Inter-Agency Committee (LIAC-Manila).
In his speech, the Manila Chief Executive said the city government is determined to solve the problem of informal settlers by providing them decent houses and to ensure security of tenure.
The summit dubbed “Maralitang Taga Lungsod, Alaga sa Maynila” was also attended by leaders and representatives of more than 300 homeowners association and urban poor organizations from the six districts of the Manila.
According to Atty. Danilo C. Isiderio, Urban Settlements Officer, the city government has set aside funds to acquire 16 estates, with a combine total area of 93,000 sq. m. These had benefited a total of 991 beneficiaries, and were awarded Certificate of Lot Award (COLA) to 376 beneficiaries from September 2013 to October 2018.
Isiderio added that Mayor Estrada has already distributed certificates of occupancy to hundreds families in Tondo, Manila since he assumed the office in 2013. The beneficiaries are now proud owners of houses developed by the city government.
Mayor Estrada vowed to provide permanent decent houses to at least 15,000 families before his term ends in 2022.
Among the city governments mammoth projects is to relocate either in-city or off-city, of around 10,000 Informal Settler Families (ISFs) living along danger areas particularly esteros and waterways through the “Oplan Likas” of the national government and the Writ of Continuing Mandamus of the Supreme Court, to clean and rehabilitate Manila Bay.