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SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau



29 September 2022 06:40:24 PM

A House Member on Thursday, conducted a policy dialogue with some officials of the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD), Department of the Interior and Local Government and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to discuss the proliferation of informal settlers in danger zones, private lands and idle government lands. OFW Party-list Rep. Marissa "Del Mar" Magsino stated that they already had a primary dialogue with the housing sector regarding Republic Act 7279 or the "Urban Devlopment and Housing Act," in reference to her interpellation during the DILG'S budget deliberation. Magsino then questioned the housing officials about what prevents Local Government Units (LGUs) from removing squatters in danger zones. She also asked whether proper coordination and communication existed between LGUs and DHSUD. She also noted that her question about the role of LGUs in addressing the problem of informal settlers living in danger zones was not answered during the DILG budget interpellation. “Kasi ang ating LGU at DSHUD must have close coordination at all times when it comes to our informal sectors” she said. National Housing Authority (NHA) Region-4A Manager Roderick Ibañez said the implementations of the law is difficult as squatters are too many compared to police authorities. Meanwhile, Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP) Development Manager Winston Morella said that there are a lot of requirements before relocation can be done. Magsino srressed that the issue is not only relocating informal settlers but also providing them with community-based livelihood opportunities in the relocation sites otherwise, they will return to the danger zones.