Mayor asks Vice President for city housing aid

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

MAYOR Mauricio Domogan recently told Vice President Jejomar Binay about the need for a low-cost housing development in Baguio City.

His move came after Domogan told reporters recently that the City Government needs an affordable low-cost housing for residents, as well as a relocation site for informal settlers.

He said though that among the problems of finding an area for low-cost housing is the high real property prices in the city.

Domogan thus sought Binay's advice for a housing project outside the city, such as in neighboring towns in Benguet that are still accessible to Baguio. This, he said, can be done with the help of the National Housing Authority (NHA).

He said Baguio's land problems remain a challenge for the City Government in coming up with developments to serve the needs of residents.

Binay, who heads the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), told Domogan that he will look into the city's needs for housing, adding he has observed rapid developments in the city that need to be channeled to other neighboring towns.

The Vice President also said that the NHA and other HUDCC-aligned agencies have been continuing affordable low-cost housing projects outside of the city but are still accessible suburban communities that can be availed of by city dwellers.

This way, he stressed, the city's vital resources will not be jeopardized by the growing number of people.

Baguio City's population has risen from the ideal 20,000 to 30,000 inhabitants when it was planned by American architect Daniel Burnham to more than 350,000 to 500,000.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on December 27, 2013.

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