Vice presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. today vowed to pursue urban land reform program and improve its implementation to achieve its original intent of improving the lot of urban poor.
In a press briefing after a going around various barangays in Caloocan City, Marcos lamented that the government has dropped the ball when it comes to implementation of urban land reform.
Among the areas Marcos visited include Barangay 176 in Bagong Silang, which is a government resettlement site. It is considered the biggest barangay in the Philippines in terms of land area and population.
“We will strive to pursue real urban land reform program. Apparently our current leaders are clueless on how this should be done properly,” said Marcos.
He noted that unlike the relocation project in Bagong Silang, many of the current relocation site for poor urban dwellers comprise simply of bare house and lot.
“If you recall the government agency originally tasked to implement urban land reform was the Ministry of Human Settlements—that’s how the agency is called because they strive to establish local communities,” said Marcos.
Marcos said that under urban land reform in the past, relocation of urban dwellers meant not just a house and lot but also included basic necessities such as water and electricity, as well as available jobs and imporant facilities such as market, church and school.
“I hope to return to the concept that relocation is not simply about a house but that it includes the basic necessities to live decently,” Marcos said.
Marcos said the concept of urban land reform is a good idea that is still relevant in addressing the present housing problem with respect to urban poor.
“That is what I will continue to try and do,” said Marcos.