In her keynote address during the Housing Solution Congress of the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, Vice President Leni Robredo called on the government and the private sector to work on the solution for the impending housing problem.

“The problem we are faced with is urgent, huge, and difficult. The housing crisis is a ticking time bomb. The only way we can solve it is together… We must work with haste, but the worst thing that we can do is to move fast in the wrong direction,” Robredo said.

Robredo emphasizes impending housing crisis
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The growing population in Manila and other cities is the main cause in the shortage of houses, she explained. She cited a survey conducted in 2011 by the National Housing Authority which showed that there were 1.5 million informal settler families in the country. 52% of the statistics were living in dangerous areas, which are mostly outside Metro Manila.

“This, despite the one million housing units subsidized by the government since 2010. From 2011 to 2016, the total housing backlog could reach 5.7 million, a result of accumulated need and future or recurrent need.”

According to Robredo, there will be a need to build 2,602 homes per day in the next six years. She insisted that “sustainable” housing is among the solutions.

“However, to all of us who are living in a city imploding with a growing population such as Manila and other cities around the country, sustainable housing solutions are also critical to finding answers to the issues of security, traffic, environmental sustainability, and fiscal constraints, among other things," she said. ASCS

Source: Sunstar

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