THE provincial government spearheaded by Gov. Amado I. Espino III is keen on formulating the Provincial Shelter Development Plan (PSDP) next year.
This develop after the Provincial Housing and Urban Development Office (PHUDO) conducted series of training-workshops on the updating of Local Shelter Plan of Local Government Units (LGUs) and the formulation of the PSDP.
Held in four clusters, the training-workshop is sponsored by the provincial government in collaboration with the Key Shelter Agencies (KSAs) led by the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), now the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD).
In the last scheduled training-workshop held from August 26 to 30 at Purok Marcela Beach Resort, PHUDC Chief Alvin L. Bigay said that the provincial government is seriously undertaking the lead to get the support of all four cities and 44 municipalities in the province so that by 2020 Pangasinan will fully focus on addressing the problem of homelessness and informal settlements, especially those living in dangerous areas.
The weeklong seminar-workshop which is participated in by five LGU department heads of each town/city notably the city/municipal planning and development coordinator; city/municipal engineer; city/municipal social welfare and development officer; city/municipal assessor; and city/municipal disaster risk reduction management officer, is an offshoot of the updating of Local Shelter Plan (LSP) of each LGU.
“Updating of the LGUs LSPs will be harmonized and synchronized with the crafting or formulation of the PSDP for fiscal years 2020 to 2028,” Engr. Bigay disclosed.
The PHUDO chief further stated that the updated LSPs and the formulation of the PSDP will also serve as guide and reference for the key shelter agencies, concerned national government agencies and non-government organizations engaged in the provision of shelter and other basic services in the preparation of work programs for funding assistance of identified housing programs and projects.
Hence, LGUs will be given two weeks to finalized their LSPs which will then be reviewed by HUDCC for possible corrections, if any. The LSPs are required to be approved by the respective Sangguniang Bayan or Sangguniang Panlungsod of each LGU. After this, all approved LSPs will be consolidated and shall serve as the guide in the formulation of the PSDP which will pass through the approval of the provincial board.
“The formulation of the PSDP will serve as the roadmap to address housing and urban development problems in Pangasinan,” Engr. Bigay said.
Meanwhile, Michelene M. Iray, HUDCC-Northern Luzon regional coordinator, commended the provincial government for giving its all-out support as regards the project even as she noted that Gov. Espino’s vision to address the problem on homelessness and informal settlers is laudable.
In lauding the present administration, Iray stressed that their office along with the other shelter agencies are vowed to support all LGUs by capacitating the key department heads.
Topics undertaken by the speakers are as follows: NHA:Housing Programs for LGUs; HDMF/Pag-IBIG: Pag-IBIG Housing Programs; SHFC:Localized Community Mortgage Program; and, HLURB:Regulations for Housing Development.
If formulated, Pangasinan will serve as the second province in the entire country to have its own shelter development plan. Batangas was the first province to established. (Ruby R. Bernardino)
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