Feature: The shelter code of Davao City
By Rose B. Palacio
Davao City (26 April) -- City Councilor Pilar Braga, in her privilege speech last Tuesday's council session emphasized that the shelter program has been identified by the city government as its top priority, apart from other priority thrusts such as peace and order, environment, health, education and social services, livelihood, infrastructure, agriculture, fishery development, investment, tourism, revenue enhancement, and good governance.
As far as shelter program is concerned, there has been an enormous shelter backlog which at present is affecting about 200,000 families who are in dire need of decent house and this statistics is still increasing on a yearly basis, Councilor Braga said.
Majority of the urban poor, especially those whose present dwelling units are along danger zones and those who will be affected by the implementation of major infrastructure projects look forward to being assisted in acquiring decent homes.
Councilor Braga said the city's population is estimated to reach almost 2-million since it is in the center of trade, commerce and services in Southern Philippines.
"Our population growth is 2.83% while density is 540 persons per square kilometer. Our urban density however is higher at 2,555 people per square kilometer", she said.
Braga stressed that the statistics is an imperative light on the proposed Comprehensive Shelter Code of Davao City and that it is high time that a comprehensive shelter program must be put in place to effectively address the informal settlers and the problems of existing relocation and resettlement sites, which should be undertaken in an appropriate and formulated upgrading program.
Supporting the comprehensive Shelter Code, Councilor Braga said the Code shall put in place reasonably using plans and programs for the urban poor and homeless sector; and provide proper participation and representation of people's organization in policy making regarding housing policies.
"Davao City is a growing metropolitan city and shelter needs should be provided to its growing populace. With a decent roof above their heads, Dabawenyos can better plan the future of their families, invest in business and live peacefully,:" Braga said. (PIA-XI) [top]