MANILA – Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso’s dream to eliminate informal settlers gained ground when he signed late Monday Ordinance No. 8730 reorganizing and strengthening the Manila Urban Settlement and Housing Office.
Domagoso said the Manila Urban Housing Ordinance was also a fulfillment of his parents’ dreams.
“’Yung pangarap ng tatay at nanay ko na magkaroon ng sariling bahay na hindi naganap ay siya namang bagay na pinagpapasalamat ko sa Diyos ngayon dahil nabigyan ako ng pagkakataon na matupad ko ang pangarap ng inyong nanay at tatay. Para sa inyo mga Batang Maynila (The dream of my parents to have our own house was never realized and I am thankful because I was given the chance to fulfill the dream of your mother and father. For you, Manileños),” he said.
Domagoso, who grew up as an informal settler before he made his way to the movie industry, had always aspired to be able to provide homes for his constituents and emphasized the need to address the housing problem with a sustainable solution.
The ordinance targets to provide vertical and horizontal housing for renters and informal settlers.
The ordinance will “progressively promote the right of Manileños to an adequate and dignified standard of living including access to decent and affordable housing, having in mind the general welfare and sustainability of housing projects and partnership to its stakeholders.”
The housing projects will be a mixed-income occupancy but will prioritize those in the low-income households.
A PHP2,000 monthly rent for minimum wage earners shall be paid by beneficiaries. Government employees may also avail of the housing programs as long as they are still in service.
Those with Salary Grade of 8 (about PHP18,200 and below as of January) and below shall pay the same amount while those earning above the minimum wage or between Salary Grades 9 to 18 (about PHP19,500 to PHP47,300) shall pay PHP3,000.
All monthly rental fees shall be handled by the Manila Urban Settlement Office.
The maximum length of stay in high-rise housing projects is 50 years while the tenure in horizontal or townhouse single-detached housing units is renewable.
“We will continue to achieve our goal, aspirations, and visions while others makapaghihintay naman. Tao muna sa Lungsod ng Maynila. Iyan ang magiging direksyon ng ating 2021 (can wait. In the city of Manila, people come first. That will be the direction of 2021),” he said.
A One-Stop Shop Housing Processing Center will be established to process permits, clearances and certification, including but not limited to land use reclassification, development permits, locational clearances, and other housing-related activities.
Currently, the city government of Manila is undertaking the construction of vertical housing projects Tondominium 1 and 2 along Vitas Street, Tondo, and Binondominium 1 and 2 in Binondo, while a townhouse-style project in Baseco Compound, Tondo, had its groundbreaking in December 2020. (PNA)