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CORRECTED COPY OF

M.C. 2012-04 DTD JANUARY 4, 2012

REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES DEPARTMENT OF'THE INTERIOR AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT A. Francisco Gold Condominium II EDSA Cor. Mapagmahal St., Diliman Quezon City

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY


MEMORANDUM CIRCULAR NO. ao12
TO:

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ALL CITY MAYORS, MUNICIPAL MAYORS,


AND DILG REGIONAL DIRECTORS

PANLUNGSOD, SANGGUNIANG BAYAN

MEMBERS OF THE SANGGUNIANd

SUBJECT:

CREATION OF LOCAL COMMITTEES AND/OR SIMILAR BODIES AGAINST

SQUATTING SYNDICATES
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AND PRoFESSTONAL SQUATTERS ( LCASSPS)

DATE

Rationale

The proliferation of professional squatters and squatting syndicates has been a rampant perenniar probrem and continue to
besiege the country in nationwide scale not only in the urban areas but in the rural areas as well.

with the establishment of the Nationar Drive Against professional Squatters and Squatting Syndicates (NDAPSSSt, of which thL Department is a member agency, the government'is very serious in addressing the probrem, However, such wourd be rearized onry with the big help of the local government units thru the creation oi their Local committees against squatting syndicates and professional 9lu-1[qt (LCASSPS), which wilt serve as the operating arm of the
NDAPSSS in the local level in combating the squatting problem.

Legal Basis and Authority


Section 27, R.A. 7279 (Urban Development and Housing Act of 1992)_

"The local government units, in cooperation with the philippine National Porice, the presidentiar commission for the urban'ioor (PCUP), and the pCUp-accredited urban poor organization in the area' shall adopt measures to identify and effectivery curtail the nefarious and illegal activities of professional squatters and squatting syndicates x x x,,

Section 2.2.1, Execuliu.g Or.Ogf No. 129, dated October 15, 1993 (Establishing An Institutionar uechaniii-'ri curtait the Activities of Professionat squattino svndicates And plofessionai iqriiiiil'uia Intensifying The Orivi Against Them)
Executive Order No. 153, dated December IO, 2OOZ (Instituting the National Drive To Suopress And Eradicate professionaf .sqrulti;;il. Sguatting Syndicates, Amending f*"iuliu" Oider Nos. 77g

1n9. lor Other Guidelines

of Executive Order no. 153

purposes); S6ction

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Chapter

II,

Ani t2g,

Impfementing

Sections 29 and 32 of RA 7160, providing respectively the power of supe.rvision by the province over compone-nt ciiies ano','rniipuliti"!, and by the cities and municipalities over their iespective barangays.

Coverage
Muslim Mindanao are covered by this

cities and Municiparities incruding the Autonomous Region ll"'ro.unOm Circular.

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Composition (Section 2.2.t of Executive Order 129; Section (a), 9 Chapter II, Implementing Guidelines of exeJtlve or.der)

The LCASSpS shall be composed of, but not limited to the following:
1. The Mayor of the city or municipality who shall serve as Chairman with permanent alternate;

2. The local chief of pNp with permanent alternate; 3. The representative of the
pCUp with permanent alternate;

4.

The president of the


HUDCC;

pCUp_accredited organization with permanent alternate;

urban

poor

5. The duly designated

or

deputized representative of
the

6. The President

municipality or city;

of the Liga ng mga Barangay of

7. The representative from the private sector who shall be chosen by the above members.

Powers and Functions (2.2.2 oF Executive Order No. 129; Section 9 (b), Chapter II, Implementing Guidelines of Executive Order No. 153) 1. Adopt the necessary measures to identify and effectively curtail the activities of professional squatters and squatting syndicates, including the names of public officials and/or private individuals or entities suspected of abetting or tolerating the commission of said acts;

2. Provide the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) and the National Housing Authority

their inclusion in future government

and squatting syndicates in order to safeguard against


housing

(NHA) copies of the list of identified professional squatters

programs/projects and recommend their disqualificationi in existing programs;

3, Provide legal assistance to victims of professional squatters and squatting syndicates, giving priority to small property
owners, and make available, through the pNp and the DOJ, a consolidated list of professional squatters and squatting syndicate;

4. File or assist the complainant in filing the appropriate


charges before the prosecutor,s office;

5. Undertake investigation of cases of violation of laws or rutes on eviction and demolition forwarded to it and recommend appropriate actions on the same to the
concerned agencies;

6, Monitor eviction and demolition activities and establish its


own monitoring system;

7. Submit reports to the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) and to the Office of the
President, copy furnished the concerned agencies involved in the implementation of R.A7279 z ano

Request

for

necessary.

assistance from any government entity, if

Responsibility of the DILG Regional Directors


All DILG Regional Directors are directed to:

1.

Cause the immediate and widest dissemination of this Memorandum Circular to all concerned City and Municipal Governments within their regional assignments;

2,

Submit quarterly reports within the following month thereafter regarding the compliance of the LGUS in the
creation of LCASSPS within their regional assignments;

3.

Submit within the above-given time the demolition and eviction activities as covered by the Local Committees Against Squatters Syndicates and Professional Squatters within their regional assignments; and
Submit within the above-given time the names of identified professional squatters and squatting syndicates within their regional assignments.

4.

Responsibility of the Bureau of Local Government Supervision (BLGS), This Department


The BLGS, copy furnished the Legal Service of this Department, shall provide quarterly reports to the HUDCC and shall closely coordinate with the same agency and other government agencies concerned to assess the implementation of this Circular.

Effectivity
This Memorandum Circular shall take effect immediately.

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