MANILA, Philippines—The Manila City Local Government announced it will boost its housing projects amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso on Monday (March 22) signed an ordinance that will strengthen the city government’s housing projects for informal settlers.
Under Ordinance No. 8730 or the Manila Urban Housing Ordinance, adequate and affordable shelter facilities will be provided to Manilenos, giving due priority to the homeless and underprivileged.
The project targets to provide vertical and horizontal housing for renters and informal settlers in the City of Manila. This also includes land acquisition in line with the government’s land of the landless program.
“All housing shall have a mixed-income occupancy with priority given to low-income households. Projects shall likewise incorporate climate and disaster resilience, urban environmental infrastructure improvements, and urban greening innovations in its designs,” the ordinance read.
The Manila Public Information Office (MPIO) said based on the ordinance, an amount of P2,000 rent for minimum wage earners shall be paid by both horizontal and vertical housing beneficiaries while government employees with a Salary Grade of 8 and below shall pay the same amount for the employee housing. Meanwhile, those earning above the minimum wage and earning between Salary Grade 9 and 18 shall pay P3,000.
The ordinance also tasked the Manila Urban Settlement Office to “formulate and establish a One-Stop-Shop Housing Processing Center” that will be used to process all housing-related permits, clearances, and certifications.
Domagoso vowed to also prioritize the livelihood of the Manilenos while also addressing the problem of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We will continue to achieve our goal, aspirations, and visions while others makapaghihintay naman (can wait). Kaya kung ano man ang gagawin pang malalaking bagay o maliliit na bagay, ay sinisigurado namin na ito’y kapakinabangan ng tao (Whatever goals we want to achieve, whether big or small, we will assure it will be beneficial),” he said. -AAC