By Chito Chavez
Quezon City Vice-Mayor Joy Belmonte and leaders of various homeowners’ associations in the city’s fifth district have signed a covenant that advocates secured housing and decent shelters for the poverty-stricken residents in the area.
“We aim to address the issue of the housing backlog through affordable and safe housing for our people and it can be done. There are many private organizations that are willing to work with us towards sustainable development and inclusive growth because that’s the only way forward,” said Belmonte.
Belmonte vowed to implement a listed housing agenda which aims to protect the welfare of informal settler families (ISF) in District 5.
These would include the materialization of an in-city relocation program for communities situated in disaster-prone areas, implementation of socialized housing programs that promote on-site development, the extension of legal assistance to communities to be demolished, and the prioritization of the welfare of the affected communities.
She also pledged to implement democratic processes by extending the representation for ISFs in the Quezon City Local Housing Board and the facilitation of regular consultations in drafting the Quezon City Local Shelter Plan.
Likewise, Belmonte underscored the need to improve the lives of indigent families in the city through efficient delivery of services to propel the growth of Quezon City as a whole.
“I believe that if we don’t improve the lives of our poorest residents, the lives of the rest of our people will also not become better. Because at the end of the day, what we really need is inclusive growth because it benefits everybody,” Belmonte said.
However, Belmonte said “we cannot achieve that if the system of governance within our own city government is not at par with the private sector’’ citing the need to upgrade the level of service delivery.
“In a nutshell, that’s my main goal. Good governance but towards inclusive growth for our people,” Belmonte concluded.