Housing backlog

January 08, 2019

IN a country teeming with homeless people like impoverished but manpower-exporting Philippines, government authorities need to be more aggressive in addressing the problem.

But we get this feeling that these millions of unfortunate Filipinos face a brighter future if Congress succeeds in crafting highly-effective low-cost housing programs for the poor.

That’s the reason why we need well-meaning leaders, who champion the cause of the poorest of the poor, notably the homeless, not only in the metropolis but throughout the country.

Of course, we laud Ilocos Norte Governor Imee R. Marcos for offering a “practical solution” to growing homelessness in this Southeast Asian nation of more than 100 million people.

She said the first step would be for the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council and other shelter agencies to come up with a new comprehensive housing roadmap.

The roadmap, she said, should provide solutions on how to increase housing production and provide shelter affordability through a housing subsidy program for targeted beneficiaries.

Gov. Marcos noted that the booming real estate industry has not made it easier for many of our countrymen to buy their own houses, or even afford renting habitable dwellings.

The country’s projected 6.8 million backlog in housing units by 2022 is certainly “alarming,” according to Marcos, who is running for senator in this year’s May 13 national and local elections.

Ms. Marcos, a daughter of the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos and Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda R. Marcos, said the government must be more aggressive in addressing the problem of homelessness.

We add our voice to the lady governor’s, sharing her view that “dapat walang Pilipino ang namamahay sa mga kariton, natutulog sa bangketa at walang disenteng tirahan.”

Let’s then respond to the still increasing backlog of housing units in various parts of the country.