Bill to establish in-city and near-city policy for informal settlers
Poor families living in squatter areas should be given the right to participate in establishing housing projects for informal settlers in the country.House Bill 3975 authored by eps. !barra "utierre# !!! and $alden Bello %Party&list' ()bayan* +ill institutionali#e a ,People-s Plan at establishing an on&site' in&city or near&city policy for informal settler families amending epublic (ct 7/79' other+ise )no+n as the 0rban 1evelopment and Housing (ct of 299/.he bill defines 4in&city- as a relocation site +ithin the jurisdiction of the city +here the affected informal settler families are living +hile 4near&city- refers to a relocation site in a city other than the city of the affected informal settlements' adjacent to the present settlements of the affected informal settler families.,People-s plan is a community development plan' +hich +ent through a process of consultation +ith' and endorsement by the beneficiaries formed by people-s organi#ations' +ith or +ithout the support of non&government organi#ation' "utierre# said."utierre# said the people-s plan contains a site development plan and may include' among others' non&physical development such as livelihood' self&help development' and capability building trainings. Bello said from 299 to /622' the government has only managed to provide resettlement to /35' /2 families' an average of 28'62 families per year.,he housing bac)log +ill increase because of our gro+ing population and the intensifying migration to urban centers and the government +ill continue to miss its annual housing targets' a bac)log +hich the Housing and 0rban 1evelopment oordinating ouncil estimates to rise by more than 295'66 for every year' Bello said.he measure to be )no+n as the :n&site' !n&ity' ;ear&ity esettlement (ct of /62 shall be in conformity +ith the policy of the <tate +hich is to ensure that housing beneficiaries have sustainable access to natural and common resources' safe drin)ing +ater' heating and lighting' sanitation and +ashing facilities' site drainage and emergency services.0nder the measure' on&site development shall be implemented after adequate and genuine consultation +ith the affected informal settler families<hould in&city resettlement be impossible' near&city resettlement sites shall be considered +hile off&site resettlements shall only be resorted to +hen directly requested by the affected informal settler families themselves.Housing beneficiaries shall also be ensured access to employment options' healthcare services' schools' child&care centers and other social facilities.
NR # 3485JUNE 2, 2014