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Defensor to use housing experience to help informal settlers

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Anakalusugan Rep. Mike Defensor will be using his experience as secretary of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) to provide homes to informal settlers in Quezon City.

Defensor said there are around 250,000 families who have built their houses in lands that they do not own and around 50,000 families who erected their houses in lands with the consent of the owner.

“Matagal na tong problemang ito,” Defensor said.

During his term in HUDCC, Defensor said the national government was allocating P500 million for the community mortgage program of the country.

“Yung community mortgage program ang basic trust niya kung ikaw ang may ari ng lupa babayaran to ng gobyerno, tapos yung mga tao (na nakatira) dahan-dahan naman magbabayad sa gobyerno,” Defensor added.

Defensor said the Quezon City government can allocate P1 billion annually to lessen the number of informal settlers in the city.

“Kayang-kaya namin to kahit P1 billion a year….para yung mga informal settler naman magkaroon din ng dignidad at magkaroon ng sariling tirahan,” added Defensor who is running for mayor.