Marcos admin considering mid-rise, high-rise condos for social housing
MANILA, Philippines — President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Monday said his administration might change the concept of providing housing units to the country’s poor in order to adapt to the changing of the times.
In his speech at the turnover ceremony of 30,000 housing units in Naic, Cavite, Marcos said the government might explore building mid-rise to high-rise condominiums noting the lack of available lands, especially in urban areas.
“Sa takbo nito, magbabago ang ating konsepto. Dati ang konsepto ay bahay at lupa. Ngunit, lalo na sa mga urban areas, wala nang lupa. Mahirap nang makahanap ng lupa,” he said.
(With the current times, the concept of giving housing will change. Before, the government gave houses and lots. But today, there are no more lots, especially in urban areas. It’s hard to find lots.)
“Siguro mas efficient kung gagawa tayo ng mid-rise na tinatawag. Baka siguro pataasin natin, baka pwede na natin gawing high-rise na. Ngunit pag-aaralan natin, siguro case-to-case ito,” he added.
(It may be more efficient to build mid-rise units. Maybe we can even go for high-rise units. But we will still study it, and it will be on a case-to-case basis.)
He said the government would make sure to provide housing units at ideal locations such as near schools and markets, and possibly an hour away from workplaces.
The President also asked local government units and the private sector to ensure that beneficiaries of housing units will be safe and provided with all their needs.
“Mahalagang mabigyan ang ating mga kababayan ng pangkabuhayan, tulong, upang malubos nila ang paninirahan sa kanilang mga bagong tahanan,” Marcos said.
(It is important that we give Filipinos livelihood and help so they can get the most out of their new homes.)
Marcos also cited the commitment of Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) Secretary Jose Rizalino Acuzar to build one million houses per year.
Acuzar, a veteran home builder and property developer, previously admitted that the government’s Pambansang Pabahay para sa Pilipino is indeed ambitious but gave assurance that it can be done.
But he had warned that the country’s housing backlog may hit 11 million units by 2028 if the government fails to fund the Marcos administration’s ambitious program.
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