Speaking before real estate brokers, engineers and architects at the 32nd Annual Convention of the Real Estate Brokers Association of the Philippines, Inc. (REBAP) at the Mimosa Leisure Park, Clark Field, Pampanga, last 26 November 2010, Sen. Bongbong Marcos proposed the creation of a singular Department of Housing that in which all the powers, tasks and functions of the housing-related agencies shall be consolidated.
Sen. Marcos said that, “there are just too many government agencies catering to housing that do not have clear-cut solution and cannot put their acts together. That is why one of my major advocacies as chairman of the Senate Committee on Urban Planning, Housing and Resettlements, is that there should be a very strong department that would house or integrate all housing-related agencies into one roof.” He said that he sees the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) as the agency that precisely could be that transition agency that would soon “metamorphose” into a single “super housing agency”, a Department of Housing in the national government.
Sen. Bongbong verbalized his proposal as he tried to discuss the problem areas in the Philippine housing sector, which he hoped he could help address as a Senator and chairman of the Senate Committee on Urban Planning, Housing and Resettlements. He said that these problems, such as the disparity between the massive housing demand and the dearth in the supply, especially in the lower end of the market, could be solved by a healthy interplay of a more active private sector, a national government taking more the role of a “facilitator” rather than “provider, ably assisted by pro-active local government units, and a vigilant community participation. He said that he is hopeful that the present administration would make this interplay a reality by including the national housing problem as one of the priority agenda of its aggressively promoted banner program of Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs).