In 1995, the National Statistics Office conducted a
mid-decade national census and provided the housing statistics of the
province of Batangas. The conducted survey of National Statistics Office
in 1990 reveals that there are 35,056 housing units in the city of Batangas.
Out of this figure, 34,448 or 98.27% are occupied and 608 or 1.73% are vacant.
( the 1995 NSO survey for housing units is not yet avaible).
One of the indicators of a growing city is the increasing
number of residential subdivisions being developed. At present, there are
eighty two (82) residential subdivisions in the city, wherein the Housing
and Land Use Regulatory Board approved 29, the Sangguniang
Panlungsod per R.A. 7160 approved 20 and 33 were existing/operating but
have no HLURB/NHA approval. These subdivision lots are being sold
with current prices ranging from P2, 500.00 to P3, 500.00 per square meter.
Majority of squatters in Batangas City can be found
in government lots. Portions of Barangay Sta. Clara and the non-functional
railroad track of the Philippine National Railways from Barangay 24 up to
Balagtas are presently occupied by squatters. Squatters can also be found
in Varela St., Sitio Ferry, Kumintang Ibaba, Cuta and Wawa. There are two
existing relocation sites in the city, which include the San Jose Sico
Relocation Site owned by the City Government, and the Balete Relocation Site,
which was administered by the Philippine Ports Authority.