The 37-member Quezon City council has passed a landmark housing code to increase the availability of socialized housing for the city’s 190,000 informal settler families.
“The housing code is a comprehensive piece of legislation meant to address all the issues concerning housing and to provide for provisions that will allow for various schemes and partnerships that will address the need for adequate and affordable housing for all low-income sectors in our city,” Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte said.
“This ordinance took years and years in the making and, once it is passed, this for me will be one of our greatest achievements as a council,” she added.
The Quezon City Comprehensive Socialized Housing Code of 2018 seeks not only to provide “affordable, safe and adequate housing” for low-income sectors in Quezon City but also to ensure access to employment and services within socialized housing areas.
The city councilors are now conducting public consultations with thousands of participants coming from different housing associations to orient them on the code.
The primary objective of the landmark legislation is to assert the right of Quezon City residents to affordable housing, the vice mayor said.
“We are talking about the basic human right... the four basic human rights to education, health, work, and housing, plus the right to safety and protection,” she added.