THE government, through the National Housing Authority (NHA), needs to be steadfast in responding to the increasing backlog of housing units in the Philippines.
And the road to addressing the growing homelessness in this developing Southeast Asian country, where majority of the more than 100 million people are poor, is long.
Of course, Filipinos are made to believe that the current administration will never allow anybody to torpedo the implementation of its multi-pronged housing programs.
In fact, the NHA is committed to provide adequate and affordable housing to low-income and underprivileged families, particularly in urban areas like Metropolitan Manila.
NHA acting general manager Marcelino P. Escalada Jr. assured the public that the Duterte government, which ends on June 30, 2022, will meet the people’s housing needs.
The agency’s plan calls for the construction and development of new communities and maximize government resources knowing full well the difficulty of revenue-generating agencies to meet their collection targets.
And NHA was also quick to emphasize that its housing program only caters to the lowest 30 percent, the poorest of the urban population.
It is mandated to provide housing and related assistance to informal settler-families (ISFs) living in danger zones and those affected by government infrastructure projects.
Housing programs for the country’s ISFs are made sustainable and cost recoverable in order to benefit more families.
It is important that government housing programs should never benefit professional squatters and members of squatting syndicates operating in various parts of the country.