Dalipe reconstitutes City Housing Board

Mayor John Dalipe has signed an executive order reconstituting the City Housing Board of Zamboanga with him as chairman and City Administrator Mario B. Yanga and officer-in-charge City Planning and Development Coordinator Ma. Luz V. Agbayani as members.

The creation of the Board was based on Executive Order No. 708, series of 2008, signed by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, amending EO 152, series of 2022, and devolving the functions of the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor as the clearing house for the conduct of demolition and eviction activities involving the homeless and underprivileged citizens to the respective Local Government Units (LGUs) having territorial jurisdiction over the proposed demolition and eviction activities of government agencies.

The other members of the Board are City Engineer Christopher Q. Navarro, City Legal Officer Atty. Haydee Gretchen G. Panganiban, City Assessor Erwin E. Bernardo, City Social Welfare and Development Officer Ma. Socorro M. Rojas, Councilor Jerry E. Perez, Councilor Joselito A. Macrohon and acting city police director PCol. Alexander A. Lorenzo.

Also members are Putik Riverside Urban Poor Association, Inc. president Edna Claveria, ZC Homeowners’ People’s Organization Federation, Inc. president Marissa E. Aizon, DHSUD Regional Director Engr. Ciriaco R. Cruz Jr., PCUP-FODM Chief of Operation Atty. Ferdinanca C. Iman, and Housing and Homesite Regulation Officer Rodrigo S. Pagotaisidro.

As a policy-making body, the Board is tasked to formulate plans, programs and policies on resettlement and socialized housing projects of the city, recommend to the Sangguniang Panlungsod the disposition value of the resettlement and socialized housing projects of the city based on reasonable rates for the former’s approval and/or concurrence.

It will also recommend to the local chief executive sites for resettlement and socialized housing projects, and to establish linkages with housing-related government agencies and non-government organizations.

As the clearing house of the city of Zamboanga, the Board shall review and approve extrajudicial eviction and demolition applications, whether administrative or summary, pursuant to the provisions of RA 7279 and other appurtenant laws, rules and regulations as may be adopted by any competent governmental agencies. Likewise, the Board will monitor the implementation of court-ordered demolition/evictions, and to assist and find relocation sites, as far as practicable, of qualified affected families, who have been identified by the concerned agency of the city of Zamboanga to be actually and physically residing in the affected area.-(Vic Larato)