Davao del Norte Governor Anthony “AGR” del Rosario is enhancing Capitol’s urban poor mass housing program with a model called “Smart Villages.”
Smart Villages as centerpiece of the DavNor urban poor housing program was adopted at the Housing Summit spearheaded by Capitol held on November 15-16 at the RDR Gym in Tagum City.
The Housing Summit focused on solving DavNor’s urban poor housing woes.
The Summit was participated in by the urban poor sector, private and government entities focused on housing concerns and various stakeholders.
According to AGR, Capitol has an on ongoing inventory of informal settlers, who will be provided houses and lots in the Smart Villages.
In the radiio program DavNor Sayron Ta, AGR said being developed as a model for the “Smart Villages” is the local government’s urban poor housing project in Cuambogan.
He said the Cuambogan project, estimated to provide houseand lots to 800 families, will have facilities, amenities and opportunities of a self-sustaining community to include among others road networks, schools, playgrounds, drainage system, power and water facilities and livelihood programs for settlers.
We will maximize use of government programs in the Smart Villages, said AGR in the radio program in Davao City-based radio station RMN-DxDC hosted by provincial information officer Ponyong Gabonada.
AGR admits the urban poor housing program could be hard on the pocket, but adds that DavNor can tap government housing and funding agencies as fund sources.
The governor is not running for election but is gunning for the First District Congress seat and can be a source of congressional fund to beef up the urban poor housing program he pursued as governor.
Board Member Rodolfo “Rodney” del Rosario, the governor’s older brother, who is running for governor in the 2019 mid-term election, is also expected to continue and support to the hilt the urban poor program after the May elections next year.
Informal settlers are emerging as a major social problem in DavNor as the province attracts a deluge of migrants from other provinces.
DavNor is the most progressive province in the 5-province Davao Region (DavNor, Davao del Sur, Davao Occidental, Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley) and Southeastern Mindanao.
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) voted DavNor as one of the Most Competitive Cities in 2018.