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    Homes for the homeless in Phl pushed

    A Philippine lawmaker on Sunday said the House of Representatives has approved on third and final reading a measure that will prescribe the mechanisms to facilitate the disposition of idle-government-owned lands for socialized housing.
    Also known as the Idle Government-Owned Lands Disposition Act of 2013, the measure was sponsored by the House Committee on Housing and Urban Development chaired by Rep. Alfredo Benitez of Negros Occidental province.
    Under the measure, the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) in coordination with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is mandated to conduct an inventory of all idle government-owned lands owned by the national government which have not been used for the purpose for which they have been reserved for 10 years.
    The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) through the local government units (LGUs) shall conduct an inventory of all idle government-owned lands in the municipality level and should furnish the HUDCC a copy of its inventory for monitoring purposes.
    The National Housing Authority (NHA) in coordination with the Land Management Bureau (LMB) shall identify and set aside inventories idle government lands owned by the national government that are suitable for socialized housing.
    The LGUs then shall identify and set aside inventoried idle government lands owned by the local government that are suitable for socialized housing, with the assistance from the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board.
    At least 10% of government-owned lands not set aside for socialized housing be sold, alienated and encumbered for development purposes, or at least ten percent of the proceeds of the sale thereof, be segregated or allocated for socialized housing projects.
    Low-salaried employees of the government agency who have sold, alienated, or otherwise encumbered such idle land shall be given first priority as beneficiaries of the socialized housing projects to be developed.
    The LGU shall cause the undertaking of the development of socialized housing projects while the NHA shall undertake the provision of socialized housing for the underprivileged and homeless citizens for lands or funds set aside for socialized housing .

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