• Pres. Rodrigo Duterte vows no demolition of homes without sure relocation
  • He said he will not allow Filipinos to be left homeless during his term
  • Various strategies are being considered by the present administration to help address homelessness

President Rodrigo Duterte vowed for no demolition of homes unless residents are assured of relocation.

The assurance was made by the president as he said that he will not allow homelessness during his term, an article written by Pia Ranada on Rappler disclosed.

In his speech in front of San Beda Law School batchmates last July 17, in Malacañang Palace, Duterte openly condemned demolitions approved even when relocation sites for affected families have not been readied as he blasted the practice as “inhumane.”

“Kasi ‘yung walang mapuntahan, sirain mo ang bahay, parang aso. Eh saan pupunta ‘yung mga tao? Where will they find another shelter?” he was quoted as saying.

[Those who have nowhere to go to, you destroy their house, they are like dogs. Where will they go? Where will they find another shelter?]

In addition to this, the President said he will be considerate and “very generous” to victims of demolitions noting that he will look for funds to finance suitable relocation for them.

As for the strategy of the present administration, Duterte pointed out support for new industries will be among the ways to be implemented to help improve the quality of life of those affected by demolitions.

Earlier, Duterte has appointed Vice President Leni Robredo to head the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC).

Robredo, for her part, said she will do everything to make the agency useful to the homeless Filipinos.

Based on the Urban Development and Housing Act of 1992 or Republic Act No. 7279, the HUDCC is tasked with ensuring demolitions all over the country abide by requirements for demolition and relocation.

As such, the law states that demolition is only allowed under specific situations such as when the residents occupy danger zones and public places, areas where government infrastructure projects are about to be implemented, or where there is a court order for eviction and demolition.