By Chito Chavez
Quezon City Vice-Mayor Joy Belmonte has assured to further strengthen the implementation of the ordinance that provides more affordable and safe housing for the city’s informal settler families (ISF).
“I want our city to have a more affordable housing project for our residents. We already have an ordinance for this but I think we can step up our implementation so that more families will benefit from this,” said Belmonte.
Admitting the housing project for the poor was started by Mayor Herbert Bautista through the Bistekville, Belmonte wants to find ways on “how we can make it cheaper than the current P450, 000 price’’.
However, Belmonte clarified the housing for the ISF will not be offered for free “but we will make sure that our residents will not be burdened so much by the payment”.
In September last year, the Quezon City Council passed the Comprehensive Socialized Housing Code of 2018, authored by Councilor Marivic Co-Pilar that seeks to provide affordable and adequate housing for the low-income sectors in the city.
The ordinance also ensures access to employment and services within socialized housing areas while increasing the availability of cheaper and safe housing units for the informal settlers.
“My goal is to keep QC residents within our city. I don’t want them going to Rizal, Bulacan, or elsewhere just to find some place to live in. If you are from Quezon City, then you should be living here in Quezon City,” she noted.
“We have different ordinances in our city that address various concerns of our residents, but some of them are just not enforced properly. And my aim is to make sure that those laws will be implemented, for our people to completely benefit from the laws that had been passed by the city council,” Belmonte concluded.