SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau
28 October 2020 07:41:06 PM
The Committee on Housing and Urban Development chaired by Rep. Strike Revilla (2nd District, Cavite), approved on Wednesday, the committee report on the substitute bill to HBs 42, 156, 236, 2861, 3041, 3227, 4245 and 4869 that would establish an on-site, in-city, near-city, or off-city resettlement strategy for informal settler families (ISFs) through a local government resettlement program. The substitute bill would allow active involvement of the ISFs to ensure that their needs and development priorities are met during the process of resettlement. The panel also tackled House Bill 151, authored by Deputy Speaker Rodante Marcoleta, seeking to amend Section 28 (C) of Republic Act 7279 or the “Urban Development and Housing Act of 1992.” HB 151 would further strengthen the rights of the underprivileged and homeless citizens during eviction or demolition, by emphasizing that the “Court Order” stated in Section 28 of RA 7279 would only apply to final and executory judgments. “Dito sa provision na pinapanukala ko Mr. Chair, kailangang maging final and executory muna iyong order. Ibig sabihin, bigyan muna natin iyong occupant o iyong defendant ng pagkakataon hanggang umabot siya sa pinakamataas na uri ng Korte, yun na po iyong pwede nating gamitin na Court Order,” Marcoleta said. A Technical Working Group (TWG) was created to be headed by Rep. John Reynald Tiangco (Lone District, Navotas City), to consolidate the proposed amendments of HB 151 with HBs 642, 4125, 4241, 6402 and 6542, which would collectively prescribe a Code of Conduct for demolition and eviction of homeless and underprivileged citizens.