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City eyes 20% socialized housing share from developers

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ILOILO CITY, Jan. 5 (PNA) –- The city council here wants to compel private subdivision and housing developers to implement the 20 percent earmarked for socialized housing projects in compliance with the provisions of Republic Act 7279, or the Urban Development and Housing Act of 1992.

A proposed ordinance creating the balanced housing project of Iloilo City was presented for first reading during Tuesday’s regular session of the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP). It will be subjected to an extensive deliberation and possible public meeting and consultation with the stakeholders such subdivision owners and land developers.

Proponent city councilor Jose Efrain G. Treñas said there was an urgent need for the land developers and subdivision owners to comply with the law that called for the development of an area for socialized housing equivalent to at least 20 percent of the subdivision area or total subdivision cost.

This will be upon the option of the developer, within the same city whenever possible, and in accordance with the standard set by the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB) and other existing laws.

The city government is aware that some of the subdivision developers in Iloilo City were able to get housing credits from the HLURB for their 20 percent balanced housing compliance in other cities and municipalities in the Visayas, which enable them to get licenses to sell.

Treñas said that in order to sustain the housing development of the city in favor of the middle class and the underprivileged families, there is a need to provide a mechanism that would compel the developers to implement the 20 percent socialized housing project through enactment of a regulation ordinance.

It is the policy of the city government to adopt a continuing housing and resettlement program which will make available at reasonable an affordable cost decent housing to its constituents, Treñas said.

The city’s homeless urban poor is estimated to be over 10,000 families as of end of December 2015.