Binay assures housing need will be met
MANILA, Philippines — Shelter agencies of the government are dedicated in building 350,000 units annually to address the 3.6 million housing shortage within the next ten years, Vice President and housing czar Jejomar C. Binay assured.
This is because the government believes that providing homes is a commitment to protect and strengthen the family as an institution, he said.
“This commitment goes beyond our obligation to free our people from extreme poverty. It extends to our duty to protect the family and strengthen it as an autonomous and inviolable social institution,” Binay said during the first Gawad Kalinga (GK) Hope Ball in Las Vegas, United States last Sunday.
The Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) chair said that “a house is more than a roof over our heads."
"It is the physical foundation on which family life can be built,” he said.
The GK Hope Ball seeks to bring together Filipinos and Filipino-Americans in the US and to raise funds to build 150 housing units for 150 families in Bagong Silang, Caloocan City.
The Vice President also emphasized that housing should be framed within the context of community building.
He said a community fosters interaction among families and possesses the necessary infrastructure for social development and improved quality of life.
“Just as houses create a venue for families to take root, communities offer an environment where families can prosper through interacting with others,” he said.
Binay then lauded GK for cultivating a “culture of faith” and a “culture of volunteerism” among residents in its communities.
The housing czar said a culture of faith promotes the proper care and use of the environment, espouses peaceful resolution of disputes and practice of concern for the common good, and empowers community residents.
On the other hand, he said a culture of volunteerism gives people the chance to share their time and skills with those in need and see hope amid poverty.
“People learn more than just how to build houses or paint walls. They learn how to give themselves to others, while respecting the freedom of the ones they serve to build their own destinies,” the Vice President said.
“As we pave the road to the righteous path, we shall propagate the culture of caring and sharing that GK lives by and that our people so sorely desire,” he added.
Previously, Binay said he intended to adopt the “Gawad Kalinga style” of involving beneficiaries as volunteer manpower for the construction of their own homes.
He said he hopes this would lessen the cost of building houses, making them more affordable to lowincome families.