In support of the flagship program of the national government in the provision of decent and affordable shelter, the Provincial Government of Pangasinan, thru the Provincial Housing & Urban Development Coordinating Office (PHUDCO) in partnership with the Department of Human Settlements & Urban Development (DHSUD), conducted the Provincial Orientation on the Pambansang Pabahay para sa Pilipino : Zero IS 2028 Program (4PH) on December 20, 2022, and held at the Pangasinan Training & Development Center I, Capitol Compound, Lingayen, Pangasinan.
The 4PH Program targets to build one million houses per year or a total of 6 million units in six (6) years in the entire country. This is to address the housing backlog of 6.5 million units, especially the informal Settler families (ISFs) who live I in evictions danger areas (i.e. shorelines, riverbanks, garbage dumps, esteros, under the bridge) and those affected by government infrastructure projects and court-ordered demolitions and involving homeless and underprivileged families.
Based on DHSUD Department Circular No. 2022-004, the 4PH Program seeks to prioritize the lowest 30% income decile of the population and low-wage earners as primary beneficiaries of the program.
The Local Government Units (LGUs) act as the lead proponent in the implementation of the housing projects under the 4PH Program and will be tasked to formulate local policies and programs to support and facilitate project financing, construction, and property management including the necessary financial and social services assistance for the target beneficiaries.
To jumpstart the 4PH program in Pangasinan, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) will be executed between the Province and the DHSUD, and a Technical Working Group (TWG) will be created to oversee the implementation of the program in Pangasinan.
To ensure proper and humane relocation of Informal Settler Families (ISs) residing in danger areas to the designated resettlement sites, the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (CUP) and the Provincial Government of Pangasinan, thru the Provincial Housing & Urban Development Coordinating Office (PHUDCO), Local Government Units (LGUs) and its functionaries, conducted series of consultation / dialogue with Informal Settler Families (ISFs) in the municipalities of Binmaley and San Fabian, Pangasinan during the 3rd Quarter of 2022.
Pertinent provisions of the Urban Development & Housing Act of 1992 (R.A. 7279), the Magna Carta of the Poor (R.A. 11292) were discussed and explained to the affected target beneficiaries of the Binmaley Resettlement site in Brgy. Papgueyan, Binmaley and San Fabian Resettlement site in Brgy. Cayanga, San Fabian, Pangasinan.
The guidelines and policies crafted by the Beneficiary Selection, Awards and Arbitration Committee (BSACC) were also discussed to inform the target beneficiaries of the documentary requirements needed for the house and lot entitlement as well as the terms and conditions on the occupancy of the awarded housing units at the resettlement site.
The PHUDCO was instrumental in providing technical assistance to LGUs, especially in the preparation of the Guidelines and Policies on Beneficiary Selection, Awards and Arbitration as well as coordination with the National Housing Authority (NHA) for the implementation of the resettlement projects under the Resettlement Assistance Program for Local Government Units (RAP-LGU).