Baguio adopts plan, zero informal settler families
The city government of Baguio is committed to helping informal settler families have livable homes and communities.
With this monumental vision, the city government has entered into a memorandum of understanding with the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) for the implementation of the Pambansang Pabahay para sa Pilipino: Zero Informal Settler Families (ISF) program for 2028.
The MOU was confirmed by the Baguio City Council during its regular session last March 27.
Baguio City has been chosen as one of the implementing sites of the Zero ISF program. Through the program, the DHSUD targets to build one million housing units per year or a total of six million housing units in a span of six years.
In support of the program, the city government shall identify and allocate parcels of land for the development of the housing projects for informal settlers.
This program would supplement the housing projects of the city government that are in the pipeline. The city government, through these projects, envisions a healthy ecosystem for informal settlers where they can conducively live, work, and thrive.
The Luna Terraces Socialized Housing and Resettlement Project is the city government’s first housing project for informal settlers. The project will prioritize the resettlement of informal settlers in the city who are underprivileged and those located in high risk areas. Two buildings for this project are now under construction.
In his statement earlier this year, Mayor Benjamin Magalong said the city targets the construction of multi-level buildings that will accommodate 8,000 to 10,000 families in various sites. The city is continually working on the acquisition of lots within and outside the city for its housing projects. – Jordan G. Habbiling w/ reports from Aileen P. Refuerzo