Vice President and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) chair Jejomar C. Binay on Monday urged local government officials in Central Luzon to partner with the national government in its effort to accelerate housing production and enhance the delivery of housing services to the Filipino people.
The Vice President, during the launch of “Pabahay” Caravan here, said national government cannot do it alone to provide the housing needs of each region in the country.
“We need your help (LGUs) to respond to some 3.6 million housing needs in the country,” Binay said.
By making the LGUs aware of the government’s housing programs and services, he said, “we will be able to encourage them to work together with the national government in accelerating shelter production and enhancing the delivery of housing services to the people.”
He also assured local government executives in the region that he will put a stop to housing scams.
Binay was referring to the case of Globe Asiatique, developer of Xevera housing project in Mabalacat, Pampanga. The firm allegedly swindled P6.6 billion of loan take outs from the Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG) and engaged in double sale of housing units.
“The Globe Asiatique, together with their cohorts have been charged with syndicated estafa before the Department of Justice,” Binay said, adding that the firm is facing 27 additional counts of syndicated estafa filed by victims of double sale.
The housing czar also noted that Pag-IBIG has reviewed its policies and placed added safeguards to further protect the agency and its members.
The Vice President noted that more than half of the 2.1 million hectares that compose Central Luzon is considered alienable and disposable, which may be used for housing projects.
However, he also recognized that Central Luzon remains largely an agricultural area and continues to be one of the largest rice growing regions.
“I believe that there is balance in the way the region allocates its land and ensures the rational and sustainable development of its land resources. And we should keep it that way,” he said.
During the caravan, Binay also distributed transfer certificate of titles (TCTs) to housing beneficiaries from Bulacan and Tarlac.
He also awarded the Funding Commitment Line (FCL) to Willy Tan, president of the Hausland Assets and Realty, for the development of 17 projects in Central Luzon.
Heads of the National Housing Authority, the Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC), the National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation, the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB) and the Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-ibig Fund) also presented their agency’s respective housing programs and services. (PNA)