500 illegal settlers in Dagupan soon to own land they occupy

DAGUPAN CITY — Some 500 illegal settlers in the island village of Pugaro who had been occupying a private land for decades will soon own the land they had been staying on following months of mediation and facilitation made by Mayor Belen N. Fernandez.

This was gleaned in an ordinance approved on final reading authorizing the City Housing and Urban Poor Resettlement Council to become an originator/facilitator of Community Mortgage Program (CMP) of the Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) and creating a trust fund for the collection of monthly amortization by the 500 illegal settlers.

Mayor Fernandez facilitated a series of dialogues between the families and the owners of a more than 5,000 square meter lot in the area, part of which were illegally occupied over the years.

Eventually, the owners of the lot agreed to share part of their property with the settlers but with the help of the Pag-IBIG Fund. They intend to develop the remaining part of their property into a vacation resort.

Inspired by the plight of the urban poor in Pugaro, Mayor Fernandez, in an Executive Order, formed the City Housing and Urban Poor Resettlement Council (CHUPRC) to address problems concerning dwelling.

Councilor Jose Netu M. Tamayo, author of the ordinance, disclosed that the city will serve as a conduit where no money coming from the city will be spent.

“SFHC will be providing funds for the one time purchase of part of the 5,000-square meter lot and the city will then collect the monthly amortization and transfer the amounts collected with the SHFC,” said Tamayo.

For this, a trust fund will be put up for collections which may be used for the expenses of the CHUPRC or its technical working group in the performance of their functions and the city’s housing projects.

Each household beneficiary under the ordinance will pay a monthly amortization of P500. PNA-northboundasia.com