In photos:
(Left) Screenshots of the participants of the LADC TWG Meeting.
(Right) Mayor Daniel Laño (red, in foreground) and MPDC Arnold Dangle (red, in background) of Sugpon, Ilocos Sur, participating in the LADC TWG Meeting.

The Technical Working Group (TWG) of the Lower Amburayan Development Corridor (LADC) Committee convened in Sugpon, Ilocos Sur and via Zoom on April 20, 2022. This TWG is tasked to strategize on how to ensure a decent home for every indigenous people (IP) in the said area under the Housing Assistance for Indigenous Peoples (HAPIP) Program. The TWG is composed of NEDA, representatives of LADC members headed by Mayor Daniel Laño, and the key housing agencies including National Housing Authority (NHA) that leads the HAPIP, and Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD). The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) is also a part of the TWG and the Landbank of the Philippines (LBP) and the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) participated as well.

A key agenda of the group is the Sugpon IP Housing Project. The Sugpon IP Housing Project is identified by the Sugpon local government unit (LGU) and of the LADC Committee as a priority project deemed to address housing concerns of IPs that may be displaced by road expansion and those who are in high-risk areas. As of the 2015 Census of Population (POPCEN 2015), the household-to-dwelling ratio of Sugpon is 1.16 households is to 1 dwelling- the highest among the towns along the Amburayan River in Region 1. This issue is identified in the LADC Strategic Plan promulgated by the Regional Development Council-1 (RDC-1).

In the said meeting, members of the TWG with the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) will work to identify a site in Sugpon for their IP Housing Project within the year as this is a criterion under the HAPIP Program. The project may also be expanded subject to availability of funds. The proposed housing project shall have single detached housing units with community centers. Livelihood near the project site shall also be provided for the community to thrive. If approved, this will be the first project in Region 1 under the HAPIP program of NHA.

This model will be replicated in the LADC member-towns as well- both for IPs and non-IPs as NHA offers programs for non-IPs as well together with other key shelter agencies. The LBP and the DBP expressed their willingness to provide financing solutions to local governments who wish to establish housing and other projects as well.