QUEZON CITY - Quezon City Vice Mayor Josefina Belmonte said developing high-rise residences will solve problems encompassing housing projects of the city government, a report by Manila Bulletin said.
Recognizing the need to adjust people’s mindset who prefer bungalow-type residences, Belmonte asserted the viability of constructing high-rise buildings to house hundreds of thousands of informal settlers.
“One of the concerns for our planned in-city relocation is our area, whether we have available space in QC where we can construct houses for our informal settlers. I think to solve this, we should change the mindset of our people first,” Belmonte said.
The vice mayor reiterated such establishments would be more ideal in the city since it covers a smaller portion of land area for relocating informal settler families.
“Kailangan, kung gusto talaga nating manatili sa lungsod at malapit sa sentro ng city ang ating mga residente, we will have to maximize our use of smaller spaces with a high-rise type of a residential structure,’’ she emphasized.
“That way, even we have limited square meters of land, many families could still benefit. I know this is something different but that’s the solution we think can solve the city’s housing backlog,” she added.
To alleviate people’s fears, Belmonte pledged to implement massive in-city relocation for these families to promote secured socialized housing and inclusive growth.
“My goal is to keep QC residents to live within our city. If you are from Quezon City, then you should be living here in Quezon City,” she said.