Solon wants LGUs hosting housing projects to finance basic services

January 4, 2014 11:03 am 

QUEZON CITY, Jan. 4 — A lawmaker has filed a bill mandating the local government units (LGUs), which host socialized housing or resettlement projects in another city or municipality, to provide the funding for the delivery of basic services and implementation of livelihood project in the area.

House Bill 3195 authored by Rep. Luis Ferrer IV (6th District, Cavite) seeks to amend Republic Act 7279, otherwise known as the “Urban Development and Housing Act of 1992.”

Ferrer said the Urban Development and Housing Act of 1992 was enacted mainly to lessen the effects of displacement of informal settlers by mandating the LGUs to implement the socialized housing or resettlement projects within their territory.

However, Ferrer said when there is no relocation or resettlement site available within their jurisdiction, LGUs are compelled to acquire and develop the housing projects in another LGU.

Ferrer said as stated under RA 7279, LGUs provide for the basic services and facilities such as potable water, power and electricity, sewerage facilities and access to primary roads and transportation facilities, among others.

Likewise, the law mandates the LGUs to plan and to give priority for implementation the provision for other basic services and facilities such as health, education, communications, security, recreation, relief and welfare.

“Unfortunately, in cases where the socialized housing or resettlement area is located in another city or municipality, LGUs no longer bother themselves in providing for these other basic services,” Ferrer said.

Ferrer said as a consequence, the LGU where the informal settlers were relocated inherits several socio-economic problems which strain its finances to the detriment of its legitimate constituency.

“The sudden influx of people entails additional expenses for the LGU in order to be able to deliver basic services such as education, health, peace and order, for the additional number of residents. These additional expenses were never considered or taken into account when the host LGU prepared its own budget,” Ferrer stressed.

The allocation for the basic services and facilities may be taken by the local government unit implementing the socialized housing or resettlement from the 20 percent of the Internal Revenue Allotment appropriated for development projects as mandated under Section 287 of Republic Act No. 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code.(PNA)

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