Kidapawan houses to have permanent numbers soon

The proposed ordinance is authored by Councilor Alfonzo Angeles, chair of the Committee on Finance and co-authored by councilor Francisco Navarra, chair of the committee on housing and land use.

“Putting numbers in all houses, including those in the squatters’ areas within the city, would mean additional revenue to the city government,” said Councilor Alfonzo Angeles, chair of the Committee on Finance and principal author of the proposal. Co-author is Fancisco Navarra, chair of the Committee on Housing and Land Use.

Under the proposed ordinance, all households, including those living in shanties, will be obliged to secure plate number from the city treasurers’ office.

A house number patterned after the plate numbers of motorcycles and four-wheel vehicle is worth P100 and has to be renewed each year. But the household will have the same number.

Aside from additional income, house numbering can also ensure proper identification of residents’ addresses and  the delivery of basic services to the constituents.

“It would be easy for visitors coming from neighboring towns to locate their relatives living within Kidapawan if we employ this process,” Angeles explained.

Angeles also claimed during the public hearing on the issue held at the senior citizens’ building on July 4, that majority of the participants favored the proposed ordinance.

But Councilor Dina Espina the SP committee chair on legal matters, laws and privileges suggested before the chamber to first have a pilot area.

She suggested Barangays Poblacion, Lanao, Singao and Manongol as pilot areas before penetrating the far-flung barangays of the city.

“The city government needs enough manpower to conduct a survey within the 40  barangays of the city. For the meantime we could utilize these four biggest barangays as pilot areas,” she said. (Williamor A. Magbanua/MindaNews)