ENRICHING CONSCIOUSNESS ON RA 11201 AND SOLIDIFYING THE ROLES OF LGUs IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS

With its mission to promote consciousness on Republic Act No 11201 or commonly known as the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development Act, and be the channel in the discussion with the municipal and city housing organizations in Cavite, the provincial government of Cavite thru the Provincial Housing Development and Management Office headed by Ms. Ma. Karen Camañag Tupas facilitated an orientation/seminar entitled Republic Act No. 11201 “The Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development” and the Roles of Local Government Units in the Implementation of Housing and Urban Development Programs.

The assembly signifies the compliance of the provincial, municipal and city housing offices in the province in providing an economically-viable and environmentally-sustainable society to its people and making sure that the content of RA No 11201 which states that “underprivileged and homeless citizens have access to an adequate, safe, secure, habitable , sustainable, resilient and affordable home ” be implemented.

Seventh District Board Member Ping Remulla and PCLEDO head Atty Khervy Reyes welcomed the participants and showed their full support to the province’s advocacy of  providing shelters for its constituents and initiating livelihood programs which can sustain their daily living.

Director Mylene Rivera of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) explained the overview of RA 11201 and other related legal mandates. She emphasized that the widespread issues on informal settlers must be addressed and the LGUs must consider new programs to formulate solutions for the gaps. She also reiterated the importance of management and monitoring on the programs being launched to check if it is viable for the people. Director Rivera called on to the LGUs to be vigilant, saying that “We are talking about housing projects for our employees, urban development and visions for the underprivileged people. The sites must be a safe place for the people to live, work and play”.

Meanwhile, the Roles and Responsibilities of the LGUs in the Delivery of the Housing Services under the Urban Development Housing Act (UDHA) were clarified by Ms. MaryAnn Policarpio of the HUDCC. She discussed the tasks of the LGUs as mandated in RA 7279 and   communicated the roles of the stakeholders as well.

During the gathering, Ms. Elizabeth Bandojo tackled the topic on Key Shelter Agencies-Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board. In her presentation, she elaborated the that technical planning assistance were being taken, building alliance and capacitating of LGUs or the 2020 training program was set , and the Land Use Zoning and Information System(LUZIS) was applied to monitor land development and zoning plan and non conforming use . On the other hand, Ms. Nini Sanchez reported the upcoming projects including the Project SIKAT RISE (Samahang Ikaw, Kayo, Ako, Tayo) which will be launched on January 2020. She also encouraged LGUs to identify their land/properties for socialized housing.

Engr Emma Monica Anacan and Ms. Leticia Casilag of the National Housing Authority (NHA) discussed the national funding offered by NHA, community based initiatives and community land acquisition support programs. OIC-Assistant Manager Ms. Tina Marie Gabiosa of the Home and Development Mutual Fund thoroughly clarified all the issues on Pag-ibig fund programs, Pag –ibig savings , affordable housing loans, Pag-ibig Fund’s Acquired Assets Disposal Programs , Real and Offer Properties Acquired Program and Pag ibig Funds Countryside Housing Initiatives.

On the other hand, Mr. Jimmy Manes of the Social Housing Finance Corporation gave a glimpsed of the high density housing projects that they have accomplished. LGUs Best Practices was shared by Engr Mark Dela Cruz Dizor , proudly expressing their experiences  on building the Displina Village which can be replicated in the province.

A short question and answer capped the program with clarifications and answers from the lecturers.

PHDMO head Karen Camañag Tupas thanked the attendees and the guest speakers for a fruitful discussions and encouraged the representatives from the LGU’s and other private stakeholders to actively implement the programs being initiated by the provincial government to realize the advocacy on housing and urban development.