Marcos’ Pambansang Pabahay a win-win for property owners and informal settlers

With in-city settlements a priority under President Marcos’ Pambansang Pabahay para sa Pilipino Program, Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) Secretary Jose Rizalino Acuzar hailed the program as ‘advantageous’ to both real estate owners and informal settler families (ISF), currently inhabiting private properties.

In a recent interview, Secretary Acuzar said the program focuses on developing lands for human settlements near the sources of livelihood of target beneficiaries.

Most of these lands are found in the metropolis or in the center of urban areas. Some areas where ISFs live are privately owned.

“For a long time, we are not able to provide proper shelters to ISFs living in private properties, especially in urban areas. At the same time, the owners of these lands do not have the opportunity to develop their properties for optimum advantage. With the ‘Pambansang Pabahay,’ we can achieve both with appropriate planning,” Secretary Acuzar said.

“It’s a win-win situation,” he added.

President Marcos and DHSUD Secretary Jose Rizalino Acuzar share a light moment during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Palayan City Housing Project in Barangay Atate last December 21. The project is under the administration’s flagship Pambansang Pabahay para sa Pilipino Program.

The ‘Pambansang Pabahay’ aims to build one million housing units per year until 2028 as the government’s flagship program in addressing the country’s housing needs.

As one of its initial strategies, DHSUD has been exploring available lands for housing development all over the country, including government idle lands, with local government units.

“I am calling on all private owners of lands in the cities that can be used for government housing development to coordinate with DHSUD so that we can make use of these properties for human settlements and urban development. Allow us to explore prospects which can be mutually beneficial to all parties involved,” the housing czar added.

President Marcos has said that he would issue an executive order to use government idle lands for housing development to support the program.

INCLUSIVITY. Members and leaders of various cause-oriented groups like Bayan, Bayan Muna and Kadamay were received by DHSUD Secretary Jose Rizalino Acuzar and other key housing officials for a consultative meeting about the administration’s flagship Pambansang Pabahay para sa Pilipino Program.

Apart from building housing units, the program also promotes township development to provide housing communities easy access to sources of income and other services the home dwellers will need in everyday life.

“Through this, we can ensure sustainable economic activities to continuously improve the living conditions of homeowners, and even extend this to nearby communities,” Secretary Acuzar added.

Secretary Acuzar, meanwhile, again warned the public and other stakeholders to only transact with the Department, its key shelter agencies and their local government in regard to ‘Pambansang Pabahay’.

“We encourage everyone, including interested real property owners, to directly come to us for any queries on the program,” the DHSUD secretary said.

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