Celso reaffirms housing, resettlement efforts PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 28 April 2013 14:45

Proving the city’s commitment to helping its people address housing and resettlement issues, a total of sixty-one (61) Zamboangueños realized their dream of becoming homeowners.

Eighteen homeowners personally received certificates of land allocation (CLAs) while forty-three (43) others collected their transfer certificates of titles from no less than Vice-President and concurrent chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Commission (HUDC) Jejomar Binay and assisted by Mayor Celso Lobregat and District I Cong. Beng Climaco during a three-fold awarding ceremony held (April 23) Wednesday afternoon at the Garden Orchid Hotel.

Mayor Celso Lobregat delivered the welcome message, reporting on his administration’s housing programs and the city’s progress in addressing housing and resettlement issues in the city.

“Since the Pabahay Caravan was launched in 2011 to empower and enable local government units to plan, prepare and carry out locally-initiated housing projects, the City Government of Zamboanga has continued to intensify housing and resettlement programs either as a sole project fund provider or in collaboration and in partnership with other government agencies or the private sector,” the mayor said.

The Housing and Land Management Division which the city created in 2005 has sufficiently addressed housing and resettlement issues in the city focusing on the marginalized sector.

To date, the city has 12 twelve functional resettlement areas which are continuously being improved and developed, including the over 42-hectare resettlement project in Barangay Tulungatung, a portion of which has being developed with the help of the National Housing Authority through the grant of the P23.99M, he said.

The subdivision plan for the Tulungatung resettlement project was also unveiled during the ceremony.

“From being blacklisted for the dismal collection in 2004, the City Government of Zamboanga is one of the top Community Mortgage Project (CMP) originators in the country today with a very high collection efficiency that enables the city to pay its obligations to shelter agencies,” Lobregat informed the vice-president.

Because of the city’s 100% remittance of payment to the NHA, the city was granted P23.99M for the partial development of the Tulungatung Resettlement Project.

The city likewise continues working with the private sector. Last month, the local government spearheaded the Bayani Challenge held in Tulungatung Resettlement site in collaboration with Gawad Kalinga and other groups.

Certificates of Lot Allocation (CLAs) were distributed to eighteen (18) member beneficiaries of La Virgen de Fatima Homeowners Association, Inc. of Barangay Talon-Talon. The project was taken out on June 21, 2010 benefitting some 140 member beneficiaries.

Likewise, a total of 43 member-beneficiaries of various HOAs also received Transfer Certificates of Title after full payment of accounts.

Aside from the distribution of CLAs and transfer certificates, 47 local government units in the region were cited by the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board for their support and commitment in laying down the developmental path for their respective city and municipality through the Comprehensive Land Use Plan:  Zero Backlog Project.

Also present during the awarding ceremony were representatives from recipient local government units and commissioners from the various shelter agencies under HUDC. — Claudine Uniana