The Quezon City Council has passed an ordinance that increases the availability of affordable and safe housing units for some 190,000 informal settler families (ISF) in the city. Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte noted the landmark housing code is a “comprehensive piece of legislation meant to address all the issues concerning housing.’’

She added that the measure provides provisions that will allow for various schemes and partnerships that address the need for adequate and affordable housing for all low-income sectors in the city.

“This ordinance took years and years in the making and, once it is passed, this for me will be one of our greatest achievements as a council,” Belmonte said.

Authored by councilors Marivic Co-Pilar and Alexis Herrera, the Quezon City Comprehensive Socialized Housing Code of 2018 seeks not only to provide “affordable, safe and adequate housing” for low-income sectors in Quezon City but also to ensure access to employment and services within socialized housing areas.

The primary target of the legislation are underprivileged, homeless citizens and ISF’s from Quezon City who would need to be qualified by a beneficiary selection committee.