Binay to private home developers: Help Zambo victims

September 27, 2013 9:59 am 

MANILA, Sept. 26 -– Vice President Jejomar Binay on Thursday called on private home developers to help in rebuilding houses for residents of Zamboanga, where the ongoing conflict between the military and the rebels left residents homeless.

"I am seeking your support and assistance particularly in our initiative to deliver housing to our fellow citizens affected by natural or man-made calamities. The recent conflict in Zamboanga City alone, for instance, has rendered some 15,000 families homeless," Binay said during the Socialized Housing Developers Association Convention.

Binay, who chairs the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), explained that the government housing sector needs help from the private sector, to be able to aid more families.

The housing czar said that they are looking into the “possibility of channeling the compliance projects of private developers to Zamboanga, where the houses are needed more.”

Binay was referring to the Urban Development Housing Act, which requires private developers to develop an area for a socialized housing project equivalent to at least twenty percent (20 percent) of: the total subdivision area, or total subdivision project cost.

"I have instructed (Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board) CEO and Commissioner Tony Bernardo to discuss this with you and come up with a partnership project between the government and the private developers for this purpose," he said.

“Lahat kasi ng developers mayroong 20 percent requirement iyon of project cost. Iyong 20 percent na iyon, kung pwede lamang pagsama-samahin na lamang natin, sa lahat ng mga developers, para iyong kabuuan nito ma-implement natin sa Zamboanga City,” he explained.

The vice president said given its limited resources, the government alone cannot solve the housing issues in the country.

Binay recently ordered the key shelter agencies to prepare housing packages for Zamboanga victims.

He instructed the National Housing Authority to offer a housing program to assist those whose homes were totally damaged. They shall also provide P5,000 worth of building materials will be provided to Zamboanga residents whose houses were partially damaged in the crisis.

The Home Development Mutual (Pag-IBIG) Fund on the other hand is in charged with loan application processing.

Iyong mga nasunugan ay makakautang sila sa Pag-Ibig. Pwede na siguro sa calamity loan iyon or man-made. Iyon hong pagpapatayo ng bahay makakautang sila, housing loan,” Binay said. (PNA)

DSP/JOSINE F. ESTUYE/RSM

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