Cebu City legislator wants to resettle 41,000 families

March 27, 2015 2:14 am 

CEBU CITY, March 26 — Cebu City Councilor Alvin Dizon said he hopes to solve issues on the city’s resettlement of over 41,000 families who are still waiting to benefit from the socialized housing program of the government.

Dizon said that from 1998 to 2012, the city government has only managed to provide resettlement to 10,462 families.

Dizon, who is the chairman of the Cebu City Council committee on housing, said that for 15 years, the city has only accommodated 700 families per year in its socialized housing programs.

Dizon said two policies must be considered to address the matter: the “on-site, in-city” resettlement and the reference to a “people’s plan.”

“Our settlement sites should be on site or in situations where this is not possible in the city. Furthermore, the resettlement should be conducted in accordance with a people’s plan, a proposal developed by the community being relocated itself,” he said.

One of the crucial issues in the government housing program, he cited, is on sustainability since relocation sites are located in far-flung areas which he describes as “indescribably awful” sites.

“Shoddily built, half-finished structures, without electrical power, without potable water – this unfortunately describes many of the relocation sites,” he said.

Dizon noted Republic Act No. 7279 or Urban Development and Housing Act of 1992, in which one component is to provide affordable housing to the underprivileged. (PNA)

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