Zamboanga City drafts 10-year shelter plan

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By R. G. Antonet Go (PNA)

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- The city government is drafting a 10-year shelter plan that seeks to address the problem on informal settlers in this southern port city.

Rodrigo Pagotaisidro, City Housing and Land Management chief, said Wednesday the local shelter plan will address the housing backlog in this city.

“Our present housing backlog is 19,000 within the seven-kilometer radius of this city,” Pagotaisidro said, referring to the number of families that own houses but are located in either government or private lots.

He said the shelter plan include provisions on land banking program, community mortgage program, land tenurial assistance program, and joint venture agreement.

Through the land banking program, he said the city government plans to purchase the land and will be transformed into socialized housing or resettlement projects. He said there are already offers by landowners in the barangays of Ayala, Boalan, and Talisayan for socialized housing.

He said the city government will tap the assistance of non-government organizations such as the Habitat for Humanity, Gawad Kalinga and International Organizations to provide shelters for families living below the poverty threshold.

“The city government will purchase the land and the NGOs will provide the shelter for them since they cannot afford to build their own house,” he added.