BAGUIO CITY—The national government will have at least five- million housing units backlog by 2022 once housing agencies will not be aggressive in the implementation of housing projects for the benefit of Filipinos who are longing for decent houses around the country, Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito said here recently. The lawmaker said that to date, the government has a backlog of more than 1.2-million housing units because of the alleged failure of housing agencies to significantly increase completion of housing projects around the country in the prescribed time frame. Ejercito, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Housing and Urban Development, noted that the current performance of housing agencies in the completion of housing units is around 170,000 units annually, way below the supposed 300,000 completed housing units needed to address the backlog created because of the alleged failure of concerned government agencies to provide alternative choices to interested beneficiaries of housing projects. Ejercito underscored the importance of housing to every Filipino family and housing agencies must be aggressive in the implementation of decent housing projects so that units will be bought and eventually occupied unlike in the past. He called on individuals wanting to avail of housing units in various government projects to already start availing because they can already select the suitable housing units for their needs.
Source: The Standard November 14, 2017 14:15 UTC