IF the Philippines is still teeming with homeless people, blame it partly on bureaucratic red tape.
No less than Sen. Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara lamented the many documents that need to be submitted by an applicant before he/she can avail himself/herself of the government’s “pabahay” program.
In fact, many Filipinos share the view of Senator Angara that it is certainly high time to cut red tape that has been hampering the national government’s social services to poor families across the country.
Today, the country’s housing backlog totals 1.2 million. And the backlog is projected to reach six million by 2022, according to Senator JV Ejercito, a son of former President Joseph Estrada.
“We need to address the problem of social services because kapag inilipat po natin ang isang komunidad… nagkakaroon ng problema, hindi lamang sa mga inilipat kundi maging doon sa mga nilipatan,” he said.
In relocating people, oftentimes there is an effect on the social services, according to the boyish-looking but highly-effective senator.
“We should think of ourselves as not just building houses but we’re actually building communities of actual people. Each one deserves a place under the sun,” Angara added.
If we are talking about health centers and classrooms, Angara said there’s a drag on resources “kasi dumami bigla ‘yung nangangailangan ng serbisyo pero hindi naman sinagot ng pamahalaan ’yung pangangailangan na ’yun.”
If the view of many, concerned government offices and agencies ought to address the country’s homelessness problem.
This, they will do by reducing red tape and eradicating graft and corruption in the housing sector.