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Government failed to solve housing problem

Press Releases
12 December 2015

Bersyon sa Filipino.

Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. has scored the government for its failure to solve the housing problem in the country.

Marcos gave a failing mark on the lackluster performance of the government's housing program during separate dialogues in the Bulacan towns of San Jose – attended by barangay officials – and Norzagaray – attended by a multi-sectoral crowd – last Thursday. In both occasions, Marcos received thumbs ups as the next Vice President of the Philippines.

Marcos lamented the fact that currently, there exists a 5.5 million housing unit backlog. He attributed the shortage to the insufficient funds being allocated by the government to the housing program.

“Ang problema sa housing ay simpleng simple lang, hindi pinopondohan. Walang pondong inilalagay para magpatayo ng bahay at ang kakulangan ngayon ng bahay sa buong Pilipinas ay 5.5 million units,” Marcos explained.

Marcos said another miscue in the government’s housing program is the non-provision of the basic services in the relocation sites.

He said a complete relocation program does not only entail the building of housing units but also the provision of very basic needs like water, electric connection, schools, markets, access to transportation and jobs in the relocation areas, which the government failed miserably to accomplish.

While he had already expressed his preference to handle the Department of Labor and Employment or the Department of Transportation and Communications to fix the gargantuan problems hounding these agencies once he is already the Vice President, Marcos said he won’t turn down a Housing Agency assignment if offered to him by the next President.

“Kadalasan kapag ang isang Vice President ay binibigyan ng trabaho ng kanyang Pangulo, ang ibinibigay ay yung housing. Kaya’t kung sakali ganun ang mangyari po sa akin, asahan po ninyo na itong pag-iisip na ang housing ay hindi lamang bahay kung hindi lahat ng serbisyo na kinakailangan ng isang pamilya upang mabuhay ng disente ay ang aking ibabalik kapag nagkaroon ng relocation,” Marcos concluded.