CPDO: No hitch in SMC, foundation’s housing for informal settlers

THE CITY Planning and Development Office (CPDO) said the pilot vertical housing program for informal settlers is going along smoothly.

Roy Ryan Rigor, the CPDO’s Housing and Homesite Division head, said in an interview that their office is currently working for an upcoming housing project in coordination with San Miguel Corporation and Pilipinong May Puso Foundation, as well as technical support from the National Housing Authority (NHA).

He said about 21 five-story medium rise and condo-type buildings will be built in a seven-hectare property in Phase 2 of the relocation area in Barangay Los Amigos, Tugbok District.

The seven-hectare relocation area will be installed with buildings of about 840 units, with a floor area of 42-square meters each. The space for each home is bigger than the standard socialized housing with only 25 to 30 square meters.

Rigor said the Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio insisted that the regular housing size is too small, so the NHA has come up with a design to be piloted in this project.

“This project by the San Miguel and Pilipinong May Puso Foundation is a big help because it’s a donation at no cost to the city government. The property where the project will be built is owned by the city government,” he said.

Rigor added that the housing division of the CPDO will determine who will qualify for the housing project.

He noted, however, that they will prioritize those who are living in road-right-of-way contested areas or those residing in dangerous areas.

“The mayor however suggested doing a raffle in choosing the beneficiaries so as to avoid unnecessary issues,” he said.

He also stressed that the housing projects are not enough to answer the total housing backlog in the city. “The city should acquire more relocation area to accommodate those remaining numbers on the housing backlog,” he said.

Asked on the exact statistics, the housing chief said there is a conflicting figure as to the total backlog of the city because the number is increasing on a daily basis.

 “There are some informal settlers qualified and disqualified to avail of the housing project since every time we conduct census tagging on the informal settlers we get to cover those who live in the danger zone, road-right-of-ways and riverbank occupants,” Rigor said.

In cases that there are disqualifications, they are encouraged to ask for assistance from Social Housing Finance Corp. (SHFC) as it is a funding agency of the national government through the Community Mortgage Program.

A particular homeowner’s association will be validated by the SHFC and granted a monetary assistance which will be paid later for a period of 15-20 years at minimal cost with low interest.

Rigor added that although the SHFC is a national government funding agency, there is also a local counterpart, the Urban Land Reform Program (ULRP), which is similar to the Community Mortgage Program.

“The only difference is that SHFC is funded by the national government, while the ULRP is partly funded by the local government of Davao, which is processed through the Housing Division of the CPDO, with a an agreement together with the SHFC,” he said.

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