• Binay asks LGUs to provide infra projects to housing relocation sites


    VICE President Jejomar Binay has called on local government units (LGUs) to provide infrastructure and basic needs of families transferred to various relocation sites.

    He said although they have already constructed relocation sites for informal settlers living in Metro Manila, these communities usually lack roads and mitigation projects that LGUs should put in place.

    Binay, who is also the housing czar, said from 2004 to September 2013, the housing sector has helped 255, 271 families own homes through the Community Mortgage Program (CMP).

    The CMP is a mortgage financing scheme that assists legally organized associations of residents in depressed areas to own the lots they occupy.

    The Socialized Housing Finance Corporation has targeted financing the housing of 19,000 families for this year.

    The housing czar also said during the celebration of the CMP’s 25th anniversary that changes to the process of applying for CMPs have helped communities that were affected by calamities.

    He also said that the sector has encouraged local government units (LGUs) to be directly involved in the CMP, through both the Localized CMP (LCMP), and the city-wide approach.

    Binay said that they decided to involve LGUs so that community needs could be easily identified.

    He added that under the new approach, the LGU and the SHFC, the agency tasked with implementing the CMP, have become proactive in identifying families that needed help in securing the land they were living on.

    He also relayed the housing sector’s other efforts to make the CMP more efficient and effective, such as partnering with other government agencies such as the Land Registration Authority (LRA) in validating the land titles that community associations are planning to buy.

    A partnership with engineers and architects is also being pushed, which Binay said would help communities in complying with requirements such as the subdivision plan.

    The Vice President added that the SHFC is also mulling raising the amount that communities can borrow under the CMP. RITCHIE A. HORARIO


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