In an effort to help thousands of families displaced by the recent typhoons that hit the country, Secretary Ronnie V. Puno of the Department of the Interior and Local Government ( DILG ) has called on all town and city mayors to identify lands for socialized housing and resettlement areas in compliance with the provisions of the Urban Development and Housing Act of 1992 or Republic Act 7279.
In a directive, Puno urged city and civil regimes to conduct a stockpile of residential, central authority, unregistered or abandoned and other lands for the purpose of identifying which lands may be given consideration for socialised housing and resettlement for the immediate and future needs of the underprivileged and homeless in built up areas.
‘I urge our mayors to act with urgency and fasttrack the submission of this inventory so that we may be in a position to assist the many families rendered homeless by storms Ondoy and Pepeng,’ he claimed.
Under RA 7279, inside one year from its effectivity, all city and borough states shall conduct a stock of all lands and enhancements within their own localities, and furnish the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council ( HUDCC ) a copy of its inventory which shall be updated every 3 years.
The law further states that LGUs shall conduct the inventory in coordination with troubled agencies, and take into consideration’the degree of availability of basic services and facilities, their accessibility and vicinity to job sites and other economic opportunities, and the actual number of registered beneficiaries.’
Puno noted , however , that a large percentage of towns and municipalities have not been able to obey the wants of the law.
He said town and civil local chief executives should direct their respective planning and development officers as well as their elected zoning administrators to conduct the inventory using the Land Inventory Form prescribed by the HUDCC, and submit the same beginning the first week of 2010 and each quarter thereafter.
Ronnie Puno also directed DILG regional and field offices to assist LGUs in their areas to help the submission of the claimed documents and monitor their compliance.