DAGUPAN CITY – The Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP)  passed a resolution on December 13 authorizing Mayor Belen T. Fernandez to use the city lots along Santa Maria, Bonuan Boquig for resettlement purposes and to  enter into an agreement with the National Housing Authority (NHA) for the development of the site.

The resolution authored by Councilor Marvin V. Fabia, chairman on the Committee on Housing and Urban Development, cited the need for the relocation and resettlement of 400 families who are considered as most vulnerable groups in the city who belong to the poverty level.

“The resettlement of these families will aid the city government in its commitment to help resettle them in a better and more conducive place for their dwellings,” said Fabia.

Fabia further said  that this is  pursuant to Republic Act No. 7160 otherwise known as the Local Government Code of the Philippines and Republic Act 7279, also known as the Urban Development and Housing Act of 1992, which mandates Local Government Units (LGU) to take principal roles in the provision of housing services to its constituents.

The same is also embodied in Article XIII, Section 9 of the 1987 Philippine Constitution which states that “the State by law and for the common good shall undertake a continuing program of urban land reform and housing and basic services to the underprivileged and homeless in urban centers”. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO/Dec. 14, 2016)