Binay: This is government of reaction, not anticipation


Vice President Jejomar Binay

When it comes to addressing informal settlers, the government is not proactive enough in preparing relocation sites, Vice President Jejomar Binay said Thursday.

“I was criticizing that this is a government of reaction rather than anticipation,” Binay said on Wednesday in a forum with the Chamber of Thrift Banks when asked what other initiatives the government was doing to address the issue.

Binay, who also chairs the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council, said the government must acquire lands for potential relocation sites and start building houses.

With a land bank, the government will not be pressed for time in preparing relocation sites once communities are about to be transferred to another area, he said.

But Binay said a housing program must be inclusive. He said a comprehensive shelter plan, which includes creating job opportunities on the relocation site, was in place for informal settlers in Metro Manila.

To support these projects, P50 billion has been set aside to help within five years 104,000 informal-settler families living in “danger zones,” he said, referring to areas prone to flooding.

Another measure is the expansion of the membership base of Pag-Ibig Fund or the Home Development Mutual Fund to include household helpers or “kasambahay,” public utility drivers and overseas Filipino workers.

Binay said he was sorry that the release of Pag-Ibig loans slowed down last year. He noted that a big portion of Pag-Ibig’s P50-billion budget for 2011 had not been disbursed.

“This is a result of that unfortunate incident with a certain corporation,” he said.

“If our intervention wasn’t timely, it would have resulted in a loss of about P5.5 billion. So we had to review the processes, especially the list of membership,” he said.

Binay was referring to the Globe Asiatique controversy in which the housing developer was investigated for allegedly selling homes to “ghost” borrowers. Globe Asiatique was able to siphon off billions of pesos from Pag-Ibig for its projects.

Indigenous people, meanwhile, were among the new beneficiaries of state-owned housing programs, according to the Vice President.

He said the indigenous people, many of them poor, were also in need of such safety nets.

As an example, Binay reported that the National Housing Authority had approved a housing program for an initial batch of Aeta families. It will be implemented within the year.

Binay urged thrift bankers to use housing microfinance to help more poor families buy their homes given the country’s housing backlog of 3.6 million units.

He also asked local government units to help solve the backlog through community mortgage programs.

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  • Bansot

    This is it, even Vice President Binay who is very conservative in criticizing others admitted that this government is not  pro active in its approach , that means ‘ NOYNOYING”.

  • UsoUso82

    Welcome! at least VP Binay is true to tell the truth. We donot expect something to happen until 2016. kaya pahirap sa pobre si Pnoy. wala silbi sa bayan. tumaas naman ang oil into $127 per barrel. paano na ang 100million Pinoys?

  • t c

    Government subsidizes education, Government give housing to people.  Government not collecting taxes from the poor.  When will these people learn to live their lives.  Until when will government rob hardworking people and business of huge taxes just to feed and cradle lazy people in Philippines and at the same time, hide their (government) incompetency in creating jobs and opportunities for the people.  Seems that this government’s motto is to bring down people who have made themselves self sufficient and independent and give their loot to their lazy comrades.  Well, that is exactly what communist country does.  Everyone should be equal.  Unlike in a democratic country, people are rewarded (in the economy) for their hard work by getting good jobs and (business and investment) opportunities.  In Philippines, those who have made it are deemed corrupt and therefore, the state should take everything from them and give it to whoever they deemed should have it.

  • John B Lazy

    He is part of the govt. He is in charged of housing project, isn’t he?

    • Bansot

      He is supposed to be, but he implies that he is not otherwise he won’t make such  comment..Does he mean he has the title but no corresponding authority???

      • Pedro_Gil

        Nagpapapogi points lang si negro.  Nananaginip maging presidente.  Para palang si Toshiba Tiangco ito.  Sinisiraan ang nagpapasuweldo sa kanya.  Magpameeting ka muna!!!!  So ano na ang nangyari sa kaso nig Globe Asiatique?  Pwede bang makita ang SALN baseline declaration ng negrong ito?  para makumpara sa mga Annual declaration niya.  MAs marami daw properties o units yan sa makati (donation ng builders as a reqt for building and occupancy permits).  Kaya lahat ng matagal na sa gobyerno ayaw nang umalis dahil very profitable daw ang may posisyon!  LOL!!

    • Pedro_Gil

      magaling lang sa BS ayaw magtrabaho ang kumag!

  • Ang Kampanero

    reactionary ang gobyerno! bakit ngayon mo lang alam? saan ka ba nagsususuot at nagugulat ka pa? di ba magkakasama kayo?

    • ilokanoak ilokanoak

      Siguro nakaipon na ng pangkampanya sa susunod na eleksyon. Kaya eto, dumidistansya na.

  • San Miguel

    Very well said… now –whats the point of defending PNOY against NOYNOYING Mr Binay… thats exactly what the word describes… now you see it.

  • Philcruz

    The issue was about housing.  So who the heck is this Binay criticizing? Himself? He is part of government and he is the head of housing in this government.

  • DondonSantosJr

    So true BidaBinay, well actually mas tama yata kung the title would read like this….
    Binay: This government of DELAYED reaction, not anticipation
    Hindi naman siguro lalabas yun term na noynoying, anoynoying, abnoynoying kung nakikita at nararamdaman ng mamayan ang resulta ng ginagawa (kung meron ma) ng abNoy na administration na ito

  • Edmund

    Very true… 

  • pipsirho

    A TRUE POLITICIAN talking MINDLESSLY and CLUELESS of what he is saying! He is Vice-President, VERY MUCH a PART of GOVERNMENT and POLICY-MAKING. If he cannot influence policy, particularly land-banking of which he is the lead government official, what kind of a LEADER is he? He should resign from his post and criticize from the sideline or just START PREPARING HIS PRESIDENTIAL DRIVE FOR 2016!

  • kilabot

    a government of inaction, that’s most fitting in light of noynoying.

  • roy

    too early for a campaign ..c’mon, you are the VP, think..

  • EdgarEdgar

    Llamas to Noynoy:

    Keep your friends close, keep Binay closer. 

  • Rae_E

    I agree this gov’t. is reactive not pro-active. While I support holding crooks accountable, PNoy need to work harder & anticipate problems eg. disaster preparedness, food security, rising criminality, rising oil prices, etc. Binay being VP should initiate being pro-active though even in Housing & Resettlement.

  • Philcor

    No Mr Vice, its a govt by seduction (ohh GL),hahaha

  • Maverick

    Tama ka Mr. Binay. Walang ginawa kundi Noynoying si Panut. 

    • zafirol

       Si Binay ang walang ginagawa. Ano ba ang trabaho niya as VP.

  • NoronJamel

    itong si Binay kung makasalita parang di siya ang head ng PAGIBIG at HUDCC. E di formulate ka ng programs and projects para may solutions ka sa housing woes ng mga tao, hindi ung dakdak ka dyan, wla ka rin magawa! Kita mo sa PAG IBIG e lumipat from Cotabato City to Kidapawan City di na man pala sila naka-ONLINE, e un ang nangyari ung 1 day transaction naging 1 week! Ano ba yan, nasa IT age na po Mr. Binay, why paurong naman kau sa PAGIBIG! At kung may calamities, magpautang nga PAGIBIG laki rin naman ng interest, tulong ba un o pananamantala! Di ba dapat interest free? Mag-isip ka naman Mr. Binay, wag dada lang makuha nmin sa inyo! At pag ganito dakdak mo, dapat gamitin mo pera ng PAGIBIG kasi laki pondo office mo, hindi ung mga empleyado lang ng PAGIBIG makinabang.

  • alwayslate

    Just my observation….

    Many many many years ago when I was still very young I recall there were hardly any squatters and  hardly any OFWs. Fact is, the acronym “OFW” didn’t exist back then.  Nowadays, there are thousands of OFWs and significantly greater numbers of squatters. What does this tell you?  Job growth couldn’t keep pace with population growth. Mr Binay, you cannot blame the current administration for the many years of neglect of past administrations. The problem of no job growth and the resulting poverty cannot be solved overnight.  Giving away freebies in the form of free housing will not alleviate poverty; in effect it encourage laziness. They will still need a source of income.  They have a roof over their heads, but they hardly have any money to support their families.  THEY NEED JOBS!  It’s evident that for years, the politicians haven’t given any attention to job growth and would rather promote overseas jobs. They like it this way, as remittances props up the value of the Peso. I’ve also always believed that corruption breeds poverty.  The Philippines has been classified as one of the most corrupt countries in the world year after year. This means that a huge portion of the government’s trillions of pesos in budget is lost to corruption.  There are reports that I’ve read, that up to 30 percent of the budget is lost to corruption.  Money that could’ve been spent on better public schools, health care, or even incentives for the creation small businesses.  Corruption is also the number one reason why investors shy away from investing in the Philippines.  Corruption is unfriendly to investors.  So Mr. Binay, my question is, how many job opportunities have you created?  Especially jobs outside of Makati.  How many blue collar jobs aka “trabaho para sa masa” have you created?  Magaling ka nga mag-ikot ikot sa Pinas tuwing may disaster, o dumiskarte para sa mga iilan na OFW na kelangan ng tulong.  Para sa akin eh mukhang pa star lang yan.  Pero sa masa, at karamihan ng naghihirap sa Pinas dahil sa kawalan ng trabaho, ano ang nagawa at ginagawa mo? What have you done to fight corruption?

    • zafirol

       He is part of this administration and should not be  saying this things. He has no obligation other than be an errand boy.

  • Romulus Fenandez

    The globe asiatique problem is CONG. QUIMBO’S product that’s why he’s sticking his neck out in impeaching CJ Corona even lying through his teeth!!!

    • zafirol

       There is only two camps in this impeachment. You obviously support the chief Justice , 14% minoirty in this PI.

  • Mux

    It’s not houses that should be built. It’s apartment buildings. Follow the example of Singapore and Hong Kong. Conserve land by building upwards. More people can live in a building say 20 storeys high than a house on the same plot of land that the 20 storey building will occupy.

    • TagaDumantay

      There are still a lot of lands outside NCR. Send them to Visayas & Minadanao. Build new communities with light industries for employment on those undeveloped regions. Bring in first the educated one willing to relocate and start a new life.
      There are so many bum pinoys; without work, have a cellphone, goes malling and gambling. Many are choosy of the job. Many want job but not the work, only want to take salary end of the month.  

      • Mux

        Well, we still need agricultural land outside NCR so some percent of the land has to be for that purpose as well.

    • Bansot

      Don’t forget that we are in the earthquake fault so 20 storey residentials are not the  ideal alternatives….maybe population diffusion. Encourage people to move to provinces by creating job opportuninities outside the city.

      • Mux

        Bansot, you are right. That is something I did not consider. I was just
        impressed by the government housing I saw when I was in Singapore
        recently. They look even better than Citiland units and they are not expensive to build.

  • $23601969

    Mukhang walang balak ang VP na masolusyonan ang mga problema ng bayan hanggang hindi sya ang naka-upo sa pinaka-mataas na puwesto sa gobyerno.  Kung maaari, ipaubaya nya na sa iba ang paghawak sa HUDCC at PAG-IBIG kung wala siyang  kakayahan na gumawa ng paraan para masolusyonan ang mga problema sa 2 tanggapan na yan.  Nakakasawa na makakita ng opisyales na nagpapabaya sa pangangailangan ng nakakarami at puro pagpapanggap ang inaatupag.  Itigil ang paggamit sa mga squatter para maging voter.  Totoong tulong sana ang ibigay sa kanila.

  • zafirol

    Binay is a member of this administration, why dont he do something to fix things . VP is a waste of vote cause they dont do anyhting other than run errand  for the President.

  • trabahante

    Check first in Makati.

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