Speaker helps urban poor get property titles

Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

IN a bid to address the problems in the implementation of housing proclamations for the urban poor, Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo activated the Local Inter-Agency Committee (LIAC) on Housing Proclamations.

In the House of Representatives, Speaker Arroyo herself presided over the LIAC hearing as she moved to resolve issues over the housing proclamations, particularly in Pasay and Parañaque City, which are covered by  Proclamation No. 9964 and Executive Order No. 67 signed during her presidency.

The issuance of titles for the estimated 10,000 housing beneficiaries in those projects had been delayed for various reasons.

Speaker Arroyo is speeding up the process to enable the beneficiaries to get their titles to their properties before she steps down from office in June 2019.

During the hearing, Speaker Arroyo initiated the overall simultaneous planning, census survey and lot survey of the properties which were undertaken from March 29 to April 3, 2019.

The prices of the lots ranging from P1,000 to P4,000 per square meter, which is one of the contentious issues in the any negotiations, were also agreed upon during the hearing.

She also pushed that some developments make use of the Medium Rise Building system rather than single detached homes in order to accommodate more informal settlers.

In the end, she was able to resolve the issues and schedule the issuance of titles to beneficiaries in two of the three areas within April 2019.