Binay, who was appointed by President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III as the chair of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), disclosed his plans before members of the Chamber of Real Estate and Builders’ Association (CREBA).
With this, he aims to gain the support and empower the local government units (LGUs), adding that it is important for them to have an active role in the planning and implementation of housing programs.
“They [LGUs] are in the best position to provide the inputs we need in ensuring that our housing programs truly address the housing needs in the locality. They are also in the best position to help us achieve our vision,” Binay said.
The Vice President also plans to develop an investment-friendly business climate for the housing sector, as he targets to solicit support and build strong partnership with the private sector in the implementation of localized housing projects for the poor.
“I will likewise seek to simplify the procedures and reduce red tape in the processing of housing loans, registration and issuance of land titles, and housing permits both at the national and local levels; give incentives to participating private donors; and rationalize the housing finance and subsidy framework for housing and urban development,” he said adding that this was consistent with President Aquino’s promise of a government responsive to the needs of ordinary Filipinos.
Binay said he also intends to strengthen the implementation of the asset reform program involving the utilization of idle and underutilized government lands, and to require the online publication of all projects and loans granted by the key shelter agencies.
“We can and we will succeed in building homes, and not just houses; in providing lasting opportunities, instead of temporary dole-outs; and transforming our seemingly forgotten human resources into productive members of the society,” he added.
Recently, Binay tapped the services of actor Robin Padilla to serve as his housing “ambassador” in Mindanao.
Binay said Padilla’s Muslim background will help the HUDCC address the housing shortage in Muslim communities.
Aside from the HUDCC post, Binay also asked Padilla to help promote membership in the Pag-Ibig Fund, especially among overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). (PNA)