People's Journal - Marcos urges creation of housing ‘superbody’

18 July 2013

By Marlon Purificacion | People's Journal

Featured-Image-Journal-OnlineSENATOR Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. sees the need for the creation of a “superbody” that will establish a “one-stop-shop” to make it easier for government employees to realize their dream of having their own house.

The creation of the “superbody” called the Civil Service Housing Executive Committee is a feature of Senate Bill. No.110, which Marcos has filed, meant to set up a comprehensive national housing program for government employees.

The committee will be composed of the chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Council as ex-officio chairman; and Interior and Local Government secretary or appropriate undersecretary, heads of Social Security System, Government Service Insurance System, Home Development Mutual Fund, National Home Mortgage Financing Corporation, Home Guaranty Corporation, National Housing Authority, and Socialized Housing Financing Corporation, as members.

Under the bill, the committee is tasked to establish a “one-stop-shop” that will integrate all housing programs of various state agencies, of which government employees are the beneficiaries, under a single national office.

Marcos lamented that the housing sector remains saddled with a heavy backlog despite the mandate given to various state agencies, public and private institutions, as well as local government units, to implement their own housing programs.

Data from the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council shows that as of January 2011, the backlog in the housing sector stands at a dismal 3.63 million housing units.

The program calls for the coordination of the various housing and financing programs of the key shelter agencies (KSAs), such as the Social Security System (SSS), Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF/PAG-IBIG Fund), National Home Mortgage Financing Corp., Home Guarantee Corp., National Housing Authority (NHA), Socialized Housing Financing Corp. (SHFC), and other concerned departments, agencies and offices of the government.

Likewise, the bill mandates the participation of, and coordination with, LGUs as well as the private sector in the implementation of the program.