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Housing program for urban poor pressed

  • Written by JPM
  • Published in Nation
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A party-list solon is urging Congress to exercise its oversight powers to determine what happened to a law that is supposed to provide housing for the urban poor.

PBA party-list Rep. Jericho Jonas Nograles wants to ask the agency tasked to implement Republic Act 907 or the National Government Center (NGC) Housing and Land Utilization Act of 2003.

“It has practically become a white elephant because of the government’s failure to implement the law in full,” Nograles lamented.

Under RA 907 portions of the vast National Government Center in Quezon City should be utilized for urban poor housing and for the establishment of socio-economic, civic, educational and religious facilities in the area.

Nograles wanted to know why the agency failed to implement the law since it was enacted 13 years ago.

“RA 9207 was enacted into law 13 years ago but I think that there are some unseen hands trying to sabotage its implementation,” Nograles said.
    
The law reserved some 444 hectares of land at the Constitutional Hill in Quezon City as a site for a National Government Center.
      
It was planned that all national government institutions will be built at the proposed NGC but its purpose was not fulfilled.
    
The law effectively allocated 184 hectares on the west side and 238 hectares on the east side of Commonwealth Avenue “for disposition to bona fide residents” provided, “that the determination of the bona fide residents on the west side shall be based on the census survey conducted in 1994 and the determination of bona fide residents on the east side shall be based on the census survey conducted in 1994 and occupancy verification survey conducted in 2000.”