June 22, 2024

President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.’s Executive Order (EO) 34 allotting idle government lands for housing projects is a pro-poor measure that could spell the difference in addressing homelessness, the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) said.

In a statement, Sec. Jose Rizalino Acuzar said the issuance of EO 34 is timely as the DHSUD is rolling out the administration’s flagship Pambansang Pabahay para sa Pilipino (4PH) program.

EO 34 empowers the DHSUD to identify national and local government lands that are “suitable for housing and human settlements, including new townships and estates development, in coordination with concerned government agencies and local government units.”

“Ang impact  ng EO 34 ay diretso sa mga kababayan nating mahihirap, mga informal settler families, mga urban poor, minimum wage earners, ‘yung mga natutulog sa kalye, mga nasa estero. Sila ang makikinabang dito ,” he said.

He said Marcos directed all government agencies to allocate idle lands for housing.

“Patunay ito na ang puso ng ating mahal na Pangulong Bongbong Marcos ay nasa mahihirap na Pilipino,” Acuzar said.

He added EO 34 is a huge factor to significantly reduce the cost of housing units under the 4PH Program because of more usable lands, the most important component of the program.

“The allocation of idle government lands for housing will further bolster the ongoing nationwide implementation of Pambansang Pabahay. Ang kakulangan ng lupang mapapagtayuan ng disente at abot-kayang pabahay ay isa po sa mga hamon na ating kinakaharap ngayon kaya malaking bagay itong EO 34,” he said. All concerned government agencies, LGUs, and other government entities including government-owned and controlled corporations are mandated to “provide full support to and cooperation with the DHSUD to ensure the successful implementation of the program” through the mandatory submission of land inventories to DHSUD within 60 days from the issuance of the EO. – PNA