An ordinance establishing the Bacolod Housing Board was passed on first reading by the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod Wednesday.
The proposed ordinance said the unabated eviction and demolition of houses or structures of urban poor dwellers, informal settlers and the underprivileged segment of society deserve to be seriously looked into by the city government of Bacolod.
It said Section 16 of R.A. 7160 mandates local government units to exercise its powers, such as its incidental power geared towards efficient and effective governance, and to promote social justice among its people.
The proposed ordinance said Section 2 of Executive Order 708, Series of 2008, which amends E.O. 152, Series of 2002, states that “LGU’s must create their own Local Housing Board or any similar body through an appropriate ordinance before conducting the clearing house functions”…on demolition and eviction activities.
Based on the public welfare provisions of R.A. 7160 and E.O. 708, there is a need for the City of Bacolod to come up with its Local Housing Board to confront the challenge posed by the demolition and eviction of its urban poor dwellers, informal settlers and under-privileged people, it said.
It provides that any person who violates any provision of the ordinance will be imposed the penalty of not more than one year imprisonment or a fine of not less than P5,000 or both, at the discretion of the Court.
The proposed ordinance was authored by Councilor El Cid Familiaran and co-authored by councilors Dindo Ramos, Caesar Distrito, Roberto Rojas, Archie Baribar, Em Legsapi-Ang and Mona Dia Jardin.*CGS