THE Housing Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) has warned the public against rumors about a “libreng pabahay” government program being implemented on a “first come, first served basis.”
It said while government subsidizes housing programs toward making acceptable housing affordable to the homeless and underprivileged, subsidies are not used to operate a “dole out” system such as the so-called “libreng pabahay.”
“Dole out” programs have been found to be counterproductive to the social development and economic empowerment of the homeless and underprivileged members of society, said the HUDCC in a statement.
The rumors appear to have spread recently when an unexpected deluge of people queued at the National Housing Authority (NHA) in Quezon City last July 29, claiming to have heard about a government “libreng pabahay” program being implemented on a first come, first served basis.
Despite the clarification by NHA on the same day that there is no “libreng pabahay” program whether from NHA or other government agencies, rumors have continued to spread such as an alleged distribution of forms for the so-called “libreng pabahay” program.
Several texts about free housing care of the Vice President have also been spreading around. Vice President Leni Robredo heads the HUDCC.
"Dirty tricks are being played and false rumors are being spread to confuse the public and this may not be the last," said the HUDCC.
The agency also urged the media and the public to be extra vigilant against misinformation and to rely only on official announcements from their local officials, the Key Shelter Agencies (KSAs), or other concerned agencies.
The KSAs aside from HUDCC and NHA are Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board, Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-Ibig), Social Housing Finance Corporation, Home Guaranty Corporation, and National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation.
"The public is enjoined to report to HUDCC the complete names, contact details and other relevant information of persons or entities spreading such rumors through firstname.lastname@example.org or to 0917-5792037 so that HUDCC may take the proper action in coordination with concerned agencies," it said. (PR)