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 progressing city is the increasing number of residential subdivisions being established. Investors in residential subdivisions would not venture in this kind of business if the return of investment and realization of profits is not feasible and attractive. At present, there are 76 residential subdivisions in the city, wherein 28 were approved by the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board, 33 have no approval from HLURB and 16 are newly approved by the Sangguniang Panlungsod since the approval of the development permits of the subdivisions was devolved to the local government units starting 1993. These subdivision lots are being sold with current prices ranging from P1,500.00to P3,000.00 per square meter.
Majority of the squatters in Batangas City can be found in the government lots. Portions of barangay Sta. Clara and non-functional railroad track of the Philippines National Railways from Barangay 24 up to Balagtas are presently occupied by squatters.
Squatteres can also be found in some portions of P. Pelaez, Noble St., and Sitio Ferry, Kumintang Ibaba. With the on-going phase I development of Batangas Port, the affected families in Barangay Sta. Clara have already transferred to the two relocation sites in Barangay Balete and San Jose Sico. The remaining families numbering about 80 that will be affected by the Phase II component of Batangas Port are scheduled for relocation on or before CY 1998.
The San Jose Sico Relocation Site is owned and being administered by the City Government while the Balete Relocation Site is being administered by the Philippine Ports Authority.