SENATOR JV Ejercito supports the commitment of President Rodrigo Duterte not to displace informal settler families (ISFs) without adequate relocation plans.
He lauded the President’s call for a “no demolition without relocation” policy during his first State of the Nation’s Address (SONA) last July 25.
Ejercito vowed to fully support the President’s “walang demolisyon, kung walang relokasyon” agenda.
“This is something I hope we can resolve through my proposed In-City Housing Resettlement Program Bill where informal settler families can be relocated within the city and there would be no need for off-site relocation where there is no employment and basic services,” he said.
Ejercito said he is glad he remained as chairman of the Senate Committee on Urban Planning, Housing and Resettlement in the 17th Congress.
“I am elated to carry on my duties as the Chairman of the Committee on Urban Planning, Housing and Resettlement. This will give me an opportunity to continue my advocacy for every Filipino’s right to affordable, safe, decent and resilient housing and shelter,” he said.
He recently filed Senate Bill No. 331 or the In-City Housing Resettlement Program Bill that seeks to amend RA 7279 or the Urban Development and Housing Act to guarantee sustainability and viability of resettlement projects for ISFs.
“We can start harmonizing housing policies and programs among all the key shelter agencies and encourage local government units to become active participants in the delivery of our people’s basic right to adequate and resilient housing,” he said.
“With the commitment of President Duterte to prioritize housing and VP Leni Robredo’s support to lead our housing agenda for the marginalized, and even for the low and middle income families, I am sure we will be able to come up with a housing strategy and program that will not only address the housing needs but one that will also boost the economy through proper government spending in infrastructure development, encourage private investment and multiply job creation,” he said.
Ejercito is also pushing for the creation of full-fledged Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development.
During the 16th Congress, among Ejercito’s accomplishments was the passage of Republic Act 10884 or The Balanced Housing Development Program Amendments which he authored.
RA 10884 mandates condominium developers to allot a portion of their projects to socialized housing.