Socialized housing

Socialized housing

Housing for the poor in urban areas [in thePhilippines]

Davao is the largest City in the world in terms of land area. The City continues to experience accelerated land development brought about by rapid population growth and urban expansion generated by industrialization, intensive business and commercial activities. The Mindanao Land Foundation, Inc. (MLF) is a non-stock, non-profit foundation formed in 1988 by a group of private and concerned individuals based in Davao City, which has been actively assisting the urban poor of Davao City for a decade now. This paper studies the MLF within the context of socialized housing in Davao city.

The paper concludes that over the years, MLF have pushed for the advancement of the social housing sector in Davao City. They have introduced innovations such as the creation of a local housing corporation. They have also formulated the proposed City Shelter Development Plan which still awaits the approval of the City Council. MLF has also pushed for the empowerment of the homeless and the underprivileged.

However, their efforts are not optimized as their efficiency and dedication is not complemented with the same degree of commitment on the part of the city government and the local housing agencies involved. Part of the problem may be addressed by restructuring the bureaucracy as mandated by UDHA to enable the city government to effectively perform the tasks placed on them by the law. The administration of CMP must be decentralized in order to increase its efficiency and coverage.

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