By Chito Chavez
Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte on Sunday has vowed to ensure the security of land tenure to an estimated 10,000 informal settler families (ISF) by 2022 under the city’s Local Shelter Plan 2020-2022.
The Local Shelter Plan 2020-2022 was presented by the Housing, Community Development and Resettlement Department (HCDRD) during the Quezon City Housing Board meeting on Friday.
Belmonte said a key part of the plan is to provide security of land tenure to around 10,000 ISFs by 2022 as promised by the mayor.
“Tinutupad natin ang ating pangako kaya nagkaroon tayo ng Housing Code at Shelter Plan (We kept our promise that is why the Housing Code and Shelter Plan were created),” Belmonte said.
Belmonte has reiterated that her administration aims to provide affordable housing for indigent and deserving families.
“Isa sa ating priority ang programang pabahay dahil pangako natin sa kanila ang pagkakaroon ng seguridad sa paninirahan. Kaagapay nito ang tamang social preparation at values formation para sa ating beneficiaries (One of our priorities is the housing program since this is our promise to provide security of housing tenure. Proper social preparation and value formation are our thrust for our beneficiaries),” she added.
Under the plan, ISFs in Quezon City will be given security of tenure through various programs, including Community Mortgage Program, Direct Sale Program, In-City Housing Projects, and relocation of ISFs from waterways and other danger areas.
The HCDRD has initially identified various ISF areas in Barangays Bagong Silangan and Payatas as initial beneficiaries.
“Plano rin nating pagandahin ang mga istraktura ng mga lugar na inookupahan ng ISF na mabibigyan ng security of tenure. (We also plan to beautify the structures in the areas occupied by the ISF that will be provided with the security of tenure),” Belmonte emphasized.
There are a total of 213,978 ISFs in Quezon City, according to the 2019 census of HCDRD.
The QC Local Shelter Plan 2020-2022 is the city’s fulfillment of its mandate under the 1987 Constitution, Republic Act no. 7160 also known as the Local Government Code of 1991, and Republic Act no. 7279 also known as the Urban Development and Housing Act of 1992.