Avisado cites problems plaguing housing sector-A A +A
Thursday, August 29, 2013
A HOUSING official said on Wednesday that due to urbanization, the housing sector is facing problems on housing needs, budget allocation from the government, climate change, and scarcity of non-flood prone lands.
Speaking at the opening of the Organization of Socialized Housing Developers of the Philippines (OSHDP) and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) 4th National Convention, HUDCC deputy secretary general Wendel E. Avisado said that these problems may not be resolved in the short term.
In his presentation, Avisado said that for developing countries, urbanization has always been a challenge. Currently, the country's urbanization rate is at 49 percent.
"With urbanization, critical issues that plague Philippine urban development: high poverty incidence, environmental degradation, and lack of urban housing and the proliferation of slums and informal settlers," he said.
He added that by 2016, the housing need will be estimated to reach 5.7 million units. By that time, an estimated 584,425 informal settler families (ISFs) will be in Metro Manila alone, with 104,219 ISFs living in danger areas.
"Given the housing need, government appropriation for housing has been limited. This year, housing allocation is only about 1.16 percent of the national budget or P23.3 billion," Avisado said.
But he was quick to add that this is by far the highest budget given to the sector. In addition, last year's allocation was P15.47 billion or 1.24 percent of the national budget.
Avisado also presented the strategies that the HUDCC will undertake to address these concerns.
"These strategies are anchored on the housing sectors' policy of active participation of all stakeholders," he said.
These include a partnership with the local government units, private sectors, beneficiaries, non-government organizations, civil society organizations, and people’s organizations. They are also pushing for the Accreditation of Innovatice Technologies for Housing.
"The implementation of housing projects is not just constructing housing units but creating sustainable communities. We can only achieve this fully with the participation of all stakeholders of the housing sector," he said.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 29, 2013.