help solve housing woes and decongest Metro Manila
KABAYAN BARES FOUR-PRONGED STRATEGY
AT CREBA MEET
28 July 2005
that the enormous task ahead in easing the housing problem in the
President and concurrent chairman of the Housing and Urban Development
Coordinating Council Noli ‘Kabayan’ De Castro hailed the partnership of
private sector with the government’s key shelter agencies, in
the local government units, and encouraged them to further strengthened
bond to respond adequately to the projected need for 3.7 million
from year 2005 to 2010.
De Castro issued his call at the 2nd Local Government
Sector Housing Conference of the CREBA Social Housing Foundation Inc.
social arm of Chamber of Real Estate and Builders Association (CREBA)
Philippine Trade Training Center where he was the guest speaker.
tema tema pa lang ng inyong
pagtitipon: “sandaang bahay bawat
probinsiya, lungsod, munisipyo at pribadong sektor”, palatandaan na ito
inyong interes na isulong ang mga programang pabahay ng pamahalaan.
rin nito ang malaking papel ng sama-samang pagkilos ng pamahalaan at
sektor sa programa ng pabahay.
Vice President admitted that of the total demand for housing units
2010, only 1.1 million shelter secured units or 33% can be shouldered
government while the rest would have to be filled up by the private
the help of the local government units.
this goal, Vice-President De Castro disclosed that new housing and
centers in different parts of the country are being established. And
the lessons learned from past experiences, the following policies and
are being implemented:
the HUDCC bent on making the housing sector investor friendly by
the Department of Finance for the exemption from value added tax houses
are valued P2 million or less and increasing the ceiling for socialized
to P300,000.00 from P225,000.00 among others.
the government has extended continued support for tested housing
multi-stakeholder and cost-effective housing programs like Gawad
Habitat for Humanity while programs like the orderly, just and humane
relocation of informal settlers and the expansion of the micro housing
initiatives through rural banks and microfinance institutions are being
the capacity of the housing agencies have been strengthened through
towards efficient financial management of housing programs, improvement
collection efficiency on housing loans, disposition of non-performing
assets and the rehabilitation of non performing projects.
reinforce the ability of the local government units to immediately
housing needs of their constituents through the establishment of
in every city and municipality, efficient processing of housing permits
licenses and support the decentralization and devolution of functions
pertaining to urban development, planning, finance, at project
this strategy, Vice President De Castro is optimistic that the
the private sector and the local government units, with the full
support of the
government’s key shelter agencies, would overcome the challenges ahead
better housing prospects for the people.