• VP Leni Robredo backs Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s policy of no demolition unless relocation is established 
  • The vice president who also heads the HUDCC vowed to provide safe and sustainable housing for affected families
  • She assured that structures will be built in areas where there are access to schools and livelihood

Vice President and Housing chief Leni Robredo expressed her full support for President Rodrigo Duterte’s move not to allow demolition unless relocation for residents are assured.

Robredo, who was earlier appointed as chief of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), vowed to find ways to provide “safe and sustainable housing” for affected families, an article written by Rose-An Jessica Dioquino on GMA News Online stated.

The vice president also assured that safe and sustainable housing means building the structures in areas where there is access to schools and livelihood.

We support President Rodrigo Duterte’s statement regarding the importance of relocatable, safe, and sustainable housing for Filipinos who are about to be relocated,” Robredo was quoted saying.

In expressing her support, the housing czar noted that she firmly believes in advocating for the dignity of those who are relocated, and that necessitates houses that have connections to electrical lines and have running water.

Furthermore, Robredo said she is keen on clearing HUDCC’s backlog of about 1.4 million houses not just for homeless families who are survivors of calamities, but those living in “dilapidated” dwellings that are no longer fit or safe for habitation.

As such, the agency will attempt to streamline the agency’s services to make it easier for the poor to avail of them.

Based on the Urban Development and Housing Act of 1992 (Republic Act No. 7279),eviction or demolition “as a practice shall be discouraged,” and may be allowed only under certain terms as follows: persons or entities occupy danger areas such as esteros, railroad tracks, garbage dumps, riverbanks, shorelines, waterways, and other public places like sidewalks, roads, parks and playgrounds; when government infrastructure projects with available funding are about to be implemented; or
when there is a court order for such.

Thirty (30) days notice must be given to the affected “underprivileged and homeless citizens” prior to the date of the eviction or demolition.”

As provided by law, they must be given “adequate relocation, whether temporary or permanent.”