VICE President Jejomar Binay vowed zero tolerance for corruption in the government shelter agencies even as he promised to meet the administration's housing goal for the poor.

Binay made the statement during a meeting with the officials of the different attached agencies of the Housing Urban and Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) late Tuesday.

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He said they should not only work together to meet its goals but also to ensure that there will be no irregularities in keeping with the government's anti-corruption policy.

“Let’s work together so we can help the President achieve his targets, particularly in providing homes for poor Filipinos. I will support and defend you, basta nasa tama tayo,” he reiterated.

“But I must emphasize that I will not tolerate corruption in the agencies under HUDCC. This will also be our priority and I expect everyone to be on board,” he pointed out.

Among those present in the were Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB) Chief executive officer Romulo Fabula, National Housing Authority (NHA) General Manager Federico Laxa, Home Guaranty Corporation (HGC) President Gonzalo Bongolan, Pag-ibig Fund CEO Jaime Fabiana, Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) President Fermin Arzaga, and National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation (NHMFC) President Joseph Peter Sison.

The Vice President added that he will consult other sectors, particularly workers, employers, housing beneficiaries and non-government organizations (NGOs), so he can get a wider view of the issues of the housing sector.

“Government alone cannot address the housing needs of our people. It is important that we bring in other sectors as well. Likewise, we need to get an assessment of the performance of these agencies from the beneficiaries and the sectors that they deal with.”

Binay earlier said he followed President Benigno Aquino III’s instruction for him to head HUDCC because the programs of the agencies will benefit the poor.

“It was really intended to be pro-poor, so the beneficiaries would be the poor Filipinos.”

Last week, urban poor group, Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap, urged Binay to undo the “unjust” policies of his predecessor, Noli De Castro saying that the latter’s approach to solving the housing problem is biased against the poor. (AH/Sunnex)