Bacolod, DHSUD to ink MOU, 10,000 housing units eyed

Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez discusses Bacolod’s on-site housing project with the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development representatives.*

The on-site housing project, a flagship program of Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez, for informal settlers of Bacolod City is underway with the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD).

A Memorandum of Understanding is expected to be signed by Benitez and DHSUD Secretary Jose Rizalino “Jerry” Acuzar on Saturday, September 3.

Bacolod Councilor Vladimir Gonazalez said the project will involve 10,000 housing units.

The city officials met with DHSUD representatives led by Undersecretary Jose Ramon Aliling at the Bacolod City Government Center on Friday.

A consolidation was discussed in undertaking the housing relocation, profiling assessment and eligibility, management of settlers, as well as recourse with Pag-IBIG to Local Government Units (LGUs) for the regulation of beneficiaries.

Purok Arao of Barangay Vista Alegre, Barangay Banago, and Barangay 8 are the intended sites for the housing project.

DHSUD mandates a “continuing program of housing and urban development, which shall make available at affordable cost, decent housing and basic services to underprivileged and homeless citizens in urban centers and resettlement areas”, as enshrined on Republic Act No. 11201 of the Philippines.*

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