First 100 Days Report of Cebu City Councilor Alvin M. Dizon Chairperson, Committee on Housing
(This report was presented during the First World Habitat Day Celebration in Cebu City on October 4, 2010 at the College of Technological Sciences)
1. LEGISLATIVE WORK
Passed 38 resolutions (samples of approved resolutions)
a) Exempting urban poor residents under the 93-1 province-owned lots (Bgys. Busay, Mabolo, Lorega, Capitol site, Apas and Camputhaw) from payment of transfer taxes to the City of Cebu.
b) Supporting the passage of Magna Carta for the Poor, Freedom of Information Bill, BPO Workers' Welfare Bill.
c)Urging strict compliance of the Expanded Senior Citizens' Act, Magna Carta for PWD, Barrier Free-Tourism, Minimum Wage Increase for Workers.
d) Requesting the National Anti-Poverty Commission under the Office of the President to help Cebu City in its poverty-alleviation efforts.
e) Ratifying the Memorandum of Agreement between the Cebu city government and participating colleges and universities under the Cebu City Scholarship Program.
Passed four (4) ordinances
a) Extending the Contract of the Slum Improvement and Resettlement (SIR) program for 10 years. This ordinance will benefit some 3,000 families in Barangays Mambaling, Suba, Pasil and Sawang Calero.
b) Adopting the Cebu City Shelter Plan for 2011-2016 that will serve as the guide for all housing programs, projects and initiatives in the City of Cebu.
c) Providing additional NGO representative in the Local Housing Board (LHB)
d) Increasing private sector reps in the Cebu City Historical and Arts Commission (CHAC)
2. DIRECT SERVICES
a) With the support of the Division for the Welfare of the Urban Poor and the office of the Mayor, we assisted four (4) urban poor communities to cope with their eviction problems. Organized quick reaction team to address demolition cases.
b) Endorsed at least four (4) million worth of self-help projects from the different barangays and sitios.
c) Facilitated assistance to the fire victims of Barangays T. Padilla and Sambag Uno.
d) Acted on at least 40 requests for assistance from the urban poor, homeowners associations and barangay governments for city government's action.
3. SPECIAL PROJECTS
a) Represents the City Government in the Gawad Kalinga Lorega Housing Project, a 3-storey medium-rise building project of the Cebu City government, the Office of Congressman Del Mar, DWSD, Gawad Kalinga and ANCE; the first phase of the project will benefit 60 urban poor families.
b) Initiated NGO dialogue to discuss how civil society can help the city's efforts in fighting dengue.
c) Helped organize the 1st Cebu City World Habitat Day Celebration with DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo as guest speaker.
4. CONSTITUENCY WORK
a) Holds regular meetings and dialogue with urban poor groups, homeowners' associationsc and barangay governments to come up with collective solutions to their issues and problems on land tenure, evictions, basic services, and other matters. At least 50 meetings were conducted in the last 100 days.
b) Received a total of 1,590 people in the office with varied problems and concerns.
5. MEDIA ADVOCACY
a) Anchors the weekly radio program entitled “Urban Poor in Action” every Saturdays from 9:00-10:00 AM over DYRC Aksyon Radyo Cebu. Webcast - www.dyrc-cebu.com.
a) Established partnerships and linkages with the following:
- 93-1 Movement in 11 barangays of Cebu city
- Urban Poor Alliance and Bag-ong Politika
- Pagtambayayong Foundation
- Center for Participatory Governance
- Fellowship for Organizing Endeavors
- Kaabag sa Sugbo, Cebu City NGO Network
- Shelter Agencies
- Gawad Kalinga- Office of the President - University of Cebu
- DYRC Aksyon Radyo
- Alliance of Progressive Labor
- AKBAYAN Citizens' Action Party
- Filipino-Cebu Business Club - Rey Calooy
- Kortrijk, Belgium (Sister city)
- Marit Stinus- Remonde
- UP-Cebu Prof. Felisa Etemadi
I think we are off to a good start, but it's just a start. I'm pleased with our progress, but we still have a lot of work to do in the next two years and nine months. I look forward to working with the urban poor in the next 100 days, and all of the 100 days to follow to make sure that our city will be a better place where urban poor rights and welfare are protected and promoted.
Alvin M. Dizon
Cebu City Councilor
Chairperson, Committee on Housing