Housing summit: Hope for homeless Dabaonons

Housing officials, experts and industry stakeholders converged at the RDR Gym in Mankilam, Tagum City for a 2-day housing summit recently to provide a descent homes for the marginalized sectors of Davao del Norte.
With the theme “Pabahay at Pangka-bunayan Tungo sa Ka-unlaran” —  the housing with a livelihood com-ponent project is aimed at consolidating various programs and initiatives of the housing sector, as the provincial government assumes a bigger role in addressing the shelter needs of poor Dabaonons.
Intent on addressing the increasing demand for shelter, as a basic human right of the people, Gov. Rodolfo del Rosario added housing as the newest component of his comprehensive RDR WHEELS impact program.
With the housing fair, Del Rosario is tackling the problem of homelessness in his province. “Our development philosophy puts human beings at the center of concerns for sustainable development,” was his message on the occasion.
The livelihood component assures ere also given trainings, seminars and even working capital for their livelihood projects.
Provincial Housing Consultant Shirley Angeles explained the summit aims to develop earning communities that can help decrease housing backlog, as well as increase revenue for the government.
She cited unsuccessful housing projects where beneficiaries failed to pay their obligations resulting to the foreclosure of their homes.
“With the livelihood component, we hope to realize self-reliant communities that are able to pay their monthly amortizations. We also aim to develop more entrepreneurs who can help turn the local economy around,” she said.
Assistant Secretary Pamela Felizarta of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) commended the governor for initiating the event.          
She cited the LGUs as constant solid partners in the council’s efforts of “providing roofs over the heads of thousands of homeless Filipinos.”
With the support of the LGUs, she said the HUDCC has strengthened housing program initiatives that provide security of land tenure to the marginalized sectors.
As a one-stop-shop for home buyers, the housing fair provided opportunities for homeless Dabaonons to acquire a house they can call their own for a much cheaper prize, while at the same time allowing the government agencies to dispose their acquired assets.
As a highlight of the event, local officials and leaders of various sectors from the different local government units of the province signed the declaration of solidarity for peace and development. [Noel Baguio/PGO-ID]