By CONSUELO MARQUEZ, GMA News
Published January 31, 2022 8:18pm
The tandem of Vice President Leni Robredo and Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan has vowed to allocate P50 billion every year for six years to provide social housing.
In a covenant signing with the urban poor community, Robredo and Pangilinan said if they win the 2022 elections, they vowed to allocate funding of P50 billion annually for every six years to fast track housing projects. They will also look into the standards and regulations to rid housing projects of corruption.
“Maglalaan tayo ng P50 bilyon bawat taon sa loob ng anim na taon upang maisakatuparan ang mga proyekto sa sosyalisadong pabahay at pagtitiyak ng mga kaakibat nitong batayang serbisyo, kasama na ang pagtitiyak ng mga batayang serbisyo sa mga resettlement sites,” read the covenant.
(We will allocate P50 billion every year for six years for social housing and to ensure service as well as service in resettlement sites.)
As urban poor are the most at risk in calamities and the pandemic, Robredo and Pangilinan also vowed to make housing free in National Housing Authority (NHA) resettlement sites to help communities focus on earning money from their respective jobs.
“Apektado pa rin sila ng mga kalamidad, na lalong dumadalas dahil sa pagbabago ng klima. Upang maibsan ang mga pagdurusang ito, gagawin nating libre ang mga pabahay sa mga NHA resettlement sites upang mabigyan din sila ng pagkakataon na tumutok sa paghahanap-buhay,” read the covenant.
(They are most affected by calamities because of the climate crisis. To alleviate this, housing at NHA resettlement sites allow them to focus on their jobs.)
Further, demolition events will also be suspended if the housing projects are not yet finished.
Urban poor groups will also be represented in every housing project, as indicated in the covenant.
Also, under the covenant, red tape in housing projects will also be prevented.
The covenant was signed by Robredo and Pangilinan, Leni Urban Poor Council, and several urban poor groups. –NB, GMA News