DAVAO CITY --- Vice President Jejomar C. Binay today expressed confidence that the housing shortage in the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will be addressed through the Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP). The Vice President, Chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), led the signing a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB) and ARMM OIC Gov. Mujiv Hataman for technical assistance on the CLUP Cluster Planning Program, and the distribution of 97 Transfer of Certificate of Titles (TCTs) to beneficiaries of the Social Housing Finance Corporation’s (SHFC) Community Mortgage Program (CMP). “The Memorandum of Understanding that Governor Hataman and I signed… signal our mutual commitment to pursue real urban development,” Binay told ARMM local government officials who witnessed the signing. “Umaasa akong ang araw na ito ang simula ng mas malapit na samahan ng ARMM at ng mga ahensiyang pabahay ng pamahalaan,” he added. The CLUP is the result of a structured decision-making process on how land is used in a local government unit (LGU), and is used as as the primary and dominant bases for the future use of land resources and reclassification of agricultural lands. The housing czar said the HLURB is tapping all of its regional field offices to support its CLUP zero backlog program. He thanked Hataman for giving the national government the opportunity to orient the ARMM LGUs on the different programs and housing services of the key shelter agencies. Through the MOA, HLURB commits to assist the local governments in ARMM to come up with their Comprehensive Land Use Plans and zoning ordinances, the Vice President said. “This is why we are here today. We are extending our hand to help the LGUs of ARMM assess their needs opposite their resources, strategically plan for their communities, prioritize projects and turn these into investment opportunities,” he said. According to Binay, ARMM currently has more than 633,200 illegal settler families. Binay also said that based on the HLURB records, only 49 out of 118 LGUs in ARMM, or 42 percent. have approved CLUPs/ZOs. These are also now due for updating. “Sa pamamagitan ng CLUP, isinasaayos, pinipili, at isinasaalang-alang sa mga wastong sona ang inyong mga lupain batay sa gamit. Ang mga gamit na ito ay bilang residential area, commercial area, industrial area, food production area, environmentally protected area, at iba pa,” he said