DILG Celebrates Urban Poor Solidarity Week

December 3, 2014

The Department of the Interior and Local Government has lined-up several activities to celebrate Urban Poor Solidarity Week with the theme, "Sama-Samang Pagkilos para sa mga Pamayanang Ligtas" from Dec. 2-8, 2014.

After the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Exhibit on Innovative Socialized Housing Designs, DILG Undersecretary Tomasito Villarin said that the week-long commemoration pays tribute to the accomplishments of the One Safe Future (1SF) program which aims to provide decent and safe shelter to informal settler families in the National Capital Region.

Villarin, who is the DILG Undersecretary for Urban Poor, Informal Settler Families (ISFs) and Other Special Concerns, said that the One Safe Future program is a people-centered and community-driven program that involves convergence approach of different stakeholders to help build secure, resilient and sustainable communities in NCR.

"We were able to safely and successfully evacuate 9,344 families in permanent settlements through the off-site and in-city relocation sites," Usec. Villarin said.

The program, he said, encouraged the people to craft their own housing plan called People's Plan that will benefit 31,793 ISFs in the in-city and near-city High Density Housing Projects.

"Of the 79 people's plans submitted to DILG, 14 projects were already approved by the Socialized Housing Finance Corporation, 30 projects are in the pipeline while 26 projects are on the process of validation and site evaluation," he said.

"We are also conducting an 1SF Caravan from Dec. 3 - 5, 2014 to disseminate information on One Safe Future in MM danger zones," he added.

The DILG has been undertaking these efforts pursuant to Memorandum Order No. 57 from the Office of the President, directing Sec. Roxas to immediately spearhead the transfer of ISFs living in danger and high-risk areas, as part of the department's goal of disaster preparedness.