Urban housing satellite office, unlikely

THERE may not be a Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP) satellite office in the city just yet.

In response to the Baguio City Government's request, through the committee on urban planning, lands, housing and relocation sites chaired by Councilor Leandro Yangot to establish a PCUP satellite desk/office, PCUP chairman Hernani Panganiban told media during his recent visit in the Summer Capital they cannot establish one for now.

While the PCUP recognizes the need to establish a satellite office to accommodate requests for Presidential Proclamation for the segregation from existing proclamation areas and other matters or concerns relative to Republic Act 7279, Panganiban admitted they do not have budget for it.

"Sa ngayon mga stop-shop lang pero hindi talaga mag-stay sa Baguio kasi wala kaming pondo," he said.

"Kulang na kulang yung budget sa PCUP," he further said.

However, he said it is possible to have scheduled satellite desks not only in the City Hall but roving ones in the different areas in the city.

He added he and PCUP staff will conduct regular visits to the city to accommodate the above-mentioned applications.

But as for site visits in areas being requested to be proclaimed and in areas of those applying for accreditation to be beneficiaries of social housing, Panganiban noted he prefer it to be unannounced.

"Paano ka makakakuha ng impormasyon na gusto mong makuha kung isisigaw mo sa taong bayan na pupunta ako diyan? Lahat ng impormasyon na makukuha mo prepared na," he explained.

Despite the lack of budget in PCUP, the chairman noted it will only be for the meantime.

"Susubukan ko din na makahanap ng pondo para magkaroon ng satellite office," he closed.

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