The Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development-Cordillera assured there are funds for housing projects in Baguio City.
“We are willing to give another grant or a socialized housing project in Baguio City. We have funds for that; we are just waiting for the requirements,” DHSUD-Cordillera Director Maria Amoroso said.
Baguio’s first socialized housing in Barangay Irisan was financed by the DHSUD and the National Housing Authority.
Two buildings will be initially constructed with 270 units to be awarded under socialized payment terms to qualified families.
The City Social Welfare and Development Office reported it received more than 200 applications for the socialized housing program.
The office is also verifying the 15,131 families in need of socialized housing in the city.
Amoroso said there are several programs and projects that will be introduced in Baguio, but there is a need to identify the land area to be developed and those who need housing.
The concerned offices also need to analyze the provision of decent housing for persons with disability (PWDs) and senior citizens.
“There are a lot of things to consider in planning and your goals and objectives should be drivers towards the attainment of your vision as a smart city. Marami pa tayong projects na gagawin not only for families living below the poverty threshold but also for the Philippine National Police, PWDs, and senior citizens,” Amoroso added.
She said the proposal for the housing program for the PNP is already finalized. Amoroso hopes the team composed of multi-sectoral technical working groups will finalize the technical findings and recommendations for a more holistic approach in planning for housing programs for the city. – Debbie E. Gasingan