Ramos seeks HUDCC, HLURB branches in ZC PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 04 July 2011 17:32

Councilor Percival “Pers” Ramos has authored a resolution in the City Council asking the national officials of the Housing and Urban Development           Coordinating Council (HUDCC) and Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB) to make services accessible to residents of Zamboanga City and the neighboring provinces and cities by establishing branches here.

The resolution, approved by the majority of the City Council was addressed to Vice President Jejomar Binay, who is also HUDCC chairman, through Mayor Celso Lobregat.

The resolution will be personally handed over to Vice President Binay who expected to be in Zamboanga City on Thursday, July 7 to grace the HUDCC’s two-day Pabahay Caravan opening ceremonies.

Ramos said he was prompted to seek the establishment of branches of the two offices in Zamboanga as housing developers and other clients at present have to proceed to Cagayan de Oro City to transact business with HUDCC and HLURB.

For a number of years, a branch of HUDCC existed in Zamboanga City until it was transferred to Pagadian City over a year ago following the transfer order. However, recently, the office has been transferred to Cagayan de Oro City and is now serving Regions 9, 10 and 13 under the jurisdiction of Northern Mindanao.

Region 9 is falls under Western Mindanao and therefore deserves to have a regional office of the HUDCC as well as HLURB and this should be in Zamboanga City, the young councilor from Talon-talon emphasized.

HUDCC is the highest policy-making and coordinating body on housing and urban development. It is the lead agency in the formulation of national objectives, policies and strategies for housing and urban development, designing broad strategies for the accomplishment of the government’s housing objectives and providing directions to ensure rational land use for the equitable distribution and enjoyment of development benefits.

The HLURB on the other hand, is the planning, regulatory and quasi-judicial instrumentality of government for land use development. Among its mandates are the laws that ensure rational land use and sustainable urban and regional development.

Housing and urban development in Zamboanga City is evolving, thus, the establishment of the HUDCC and HLURB in the city is primordial, Ramos added. — Sheila Covarrubias