THE Cebu City’s Division for the Welfare of the Urban Poor (DWUP) wants some forfeited and unclaimed lots acquired by the City Government to be used as additional sites for its socialized housing program.

DWUP Chief Collin Rosell said he will propose the move to the Task Force Land for the Landless so the City can accommodate the informal settlers that need to be relocated.

The task force was created to help solve tenurial problems and provide lands to qualified families.

Right now, The City has 41,000 informal settlers waiting to be relocated. At least 10,000 of them are living in areas considered as danger zones.

Rosell admitted that the number of homeless increased since the City has yet to address the problem on illegal squatting.

The data was based on the result of the city-wide barangay-based registration that the DWUP conducted.

The City has acquired several real properties, like the Citi Center Commercial Complex in Barangay Kamagayan, that have been forfeited due to tax delinquency.

The DWUP considers them as potential sites for housing.

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In a document released by City Treasurer’s Office (CTO) to General Services Office (GSO), as of September last year, the City acquired at least 80 residential lots in different barangays.

Other real properties acquired by the City include commercial lots, commercial buildings, agricultural lots and machineries.

Rosell said properties that are bigger can be converted to socialized housing sites while some can be converted as medium rise socialized housing.

“These properties can help a lot in the City’s program on socialized housing,” Rosell told Sun.Star Cebu.

Records from DWUP showed that most of the socialized housing sites of the City in different barangays have been occupied while other sites remain undeveloped.

Rosell said developing a site is done phase by phase, that is why there are still some sites that don’t have site development plans.