VP Binay rallies HUDCC agencies to meet housing goals of P-Noy

July 21, 2010 11:07 pm 

By Gloria Jane Baylon

MANILA, July 21 — Hours after he took on additional duties as chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) on Tuesday, Vice President Jejomar C. Binay rallied HUDCC agencies into ensuring that the administration’s goal of providing decent and affordable housing is met.

In a meeting with the highest officials of HUDCC attached agencies, the Vice President also emphasized that ridding the agencies of corruption, if any, will be a priority during his time.

At the meeting were top officials of Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB), National Housing Authority (NHA), Home Guaranty Corporation (HGC), Pag-IBIG Fund, Social Housing Finance Corp. (SHFC), and National Home Mortgage Finance Corp. (NHMFC).

The officials were HLURB chief executive officer Romulo Fabul, NHA general manager Federico Laxa, HGC president Gonzalo Bongolan, Pag-IBIG Fund CEO Jaime Fabiana, SHFC president Fermin Arzaga, and NHMFC president Joseph Peter Sison.

A separate meeting with mid-level officials and employees of HUDCC agencies is planned.

Binay reiterated his policy of “zero tolerance” for corruption, saying this was his marching order from President Benigno Simeon Aquino III that he will strictly implement.

“Let’s work together so we can help the President achieve his targets, particularly in providing homes for poor Filipinos,” he said. “But I must emphasize that I will not tolerate corruption in the agencies under HUDCC. This will also be our priority and I expect everyone to be on board.”

The Vice President said transparency in all transactions and regular dialog with the beneficiaries and affected sectors should be implemented by the agencies.

“It is important for us to show our people, especially the beneficiaries, that we are transparent in all our dealings, and that they are consulted on decisions affecting them,” he said.

Saying government alone cannot address the people’s housing needs, Binay said he will consult housing stakeholders — including workers, employers, housing beneficiaries and non-government organizations (NGOs) — for a wider view of housing issues and their assessments of the various agencies.

At the meeting, Binay said he accepted President Aquino’s instruction for him to head the HUDCC because its programs benefit the poor. “It was really intended to be pro-poor, so the beneficiaries would be the poor Filipinos.” (PNA)

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