VP Robredo sets sight in suspending resettlement projects

  • Vice Pres. Leni Robredo expressed desire to suspend housing resettlement projects 
  • She said that the HUDCC will no longer agree to simply build housing projects and be contented with just relocating people without clear policy and program
  • Robredo chairs the HUDCC

Vice President Leni Robredo expressed her desire to suspend housing resettlement projects and ask for the creation of a housing agency.

In stressing this, Robredo, who chairs the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), said she was told that many displaced settlers, mostly from Metro Manila, have yet to get power and water services, an article written by Carmela Reyes-Estrope on The Philippine Daily Inquirer mentioned.

As such, Robredo noted that the HUDCC will no longer agree to simply build housing projects and be contented with just relocating people without clear policy and program.

Robredo noted that the government had long been building “boxes” in their shelter programs but had not developed the dwelling sites into decent homes and communities.

“I did not find a comprehensive road map when I took over the HUDCC. They were contented with building houses,” Rodredo was quoted saying further stressing that the government’s next housing project for informal settlers must be near their work areas.

In addition to this, the vice president said government housing was not valued by some beneficiaries as most of the families sell their units and return to being informal settlers.

According to her, a plan to convert the HUDCC into a department had been discussed in a recent Cabinet meeting on top of the bills in Congress that seek the creation of a housing department.

Report shows that there were 18 national and provincial government housing projects in Pandi, Bustos and Bocaue towns.

Until the services are improved, the National Housing Authority has been asked to stop relocating families to the resettlement sites.

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