eLegis Olongapo City Philippines Sangunian

19 May 2005

Bill creates Local Housing Boards

By Max V. De Leon, Manila Times Reporter

THE House of Representatives has approved a bill mandating the creation of the Local Housing Board (LHB) in every city and big municipality to complement the efforts of shelter agencies in carrying out the Urban Development and Housing Act.

Under the Act, cities and first- to third-class municipalities shall create their own LHBs that will formulate, implement and monitor policies on the provision of housing to the masses.

The LHBs will also ensure the observance of just and humane procedures in cases of eviction and demolition.

The bill, passed on third and final reading Tuesday night, gave fourth and fifth class municipalities the option to create their own LHBs.

“The bill will give local government units more autonomy, consistent with the Constitution and the Local Government Code, in providing housing to their respective localities,” Rep. Eduardo Zialcita, chair of the Committee on Housing and Urban Development, said.

The bill also espouses openness, accountability and multi­sectoral participation in the planning and implementation of housing programs.

The House also approved on third reading a bill giving relief to persons who availed themselves of housing loans but are unable to pay their obligations to government financial institutions owing to the financial crisis.

The House also passed a bill allowing the sale of government-owned properties to the occupants without going through a bidding.