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    Input of poor Filipinos in housing projects sought

    TWO lawmakers on Monday proposed that poor Filipino families living in squatter areas should be given the right to participate in establishing housing projects for informal settlers in the country.
    Authored by Reps. Ibarra Gutierrez III and Walden Bello, House Bill 3975 will institutionalize a "People's Plan" at establishing an on-site, in-city or near-city policy for informal settler families amending Republic Act 7279, otherwise known as the Urban Development and Housing Act of 1992.
    The bill defines “in-city” as a relocation site within the jurisdiction of the city where the affected informal settler families are living, while “near-city” refers to a relocation site in a city other than the city of the affected informal settlements, adjacent to the present settlements of the affected informal settler families.
    "People's plan is a community development plan, which went through a process of consultation with, and endorsement by the beneficiaries formed by people's organizations, with or without the support of non-government organization," the lawmakers said.
    They said the people's plan contains a site development plan and may include, among others, non-physical development such as livelihood, self-help development, and capability building trainings.
    From 1998 to 2011, the government has only managed to provide resettlement to 235, 214 families, an average of 16,801 families per year.
    "The housing backlog will increase because of our growing population and the intensifying migration to urban centers and the government will continue to miss its annual housing targets, a backlog which the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council estimates to rise by more than 195,00 for every year," the lawmakers stressed.
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