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QC council supports NAPC housing plan for squatters

05/28/2012 [ ]

In support of Quezon City Mayor Herbert “Bistek” Bautista’s flagship program of providing affordable housing units to the city’s informal settlers, the 26-member city council has welcomed the reported plan of the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) to construct “on-site” and “in-city” relocation sites for the poor.

In a resolution introduced by 3rd District Councilor Allan Benedict Reyes, the QC councilors led by by their presiding officer Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte expressed their strong support to the proposed project of NAPC and other offices under the Office of the President which is intended to benefit the informal settlers of Metro Manila.

A multi-agency presidential task force was formed for the purpose and a P38-billion budget was proposed to implement the project within five years.

Members of the Sangguniang Panlunsod believed that housing for the poor is a matter that should be strongly supported as this is one of anti-poverty alleviation moves that will help the city’s poor.

“It is deemed necessary that the areas within QC be identified by the multi-agency presidential task force as possible locations for the on-site and in-city relocation sites,” said the resolution, a copy of which was obtained by the Tribune.

Once pushed through, the NAPC housing program will be another option of QC government for relocating the city’s informal settlers aside from its own city-housing program such as the Bistekville I and Bistekville II which were already launched early this year and the two other Bistekville projects in Barangay Escopa and Barangay Culiat to be launched soon.

The Bautista administration is determined to fulfill its commitment to provide housing assistance to poor families who are being relocated from danger zones to safe housing communities in QC or in national government-initiated relocation projects near the city.

Arlie O. Calalo

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