• Builders urge govt to remove barriers to socialized housing

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    A housing developers’ group has repeated its call for the government to remove barriers that prevent developers from accessing state-mandated incentives for participating in socialized housing.

    This was among the “wish list” bared on Friday by the Organization of Socialized Housing Developers of the Philippines Inc. (OSHDP) to address housing issues in the remaining years of the Aquino administration.

    The group submitted a position paper detailing their recommendations to Congress earlier this month.

    OSHDP President Christopher Ryan Tan said existing laws make it difficult for them to avail of such incentives.

    He also called on the government to make the issuance of permits, transactions and other real estate processes efficient and investor-friendly.

    The group is also pushing for the alignment of various codes on building and development standards, including the National Building Code, Fire Code of the Philippines, Batasang Pambansa 220, Presidential Decree 957 and the Local Government Code, to harmonize them with the challenges of climate change.

    Tan said legislators and other policy makers should work on the redefinition of low and medium-rise socialized housing condominium projects in highly urbanized areas for in-city or on-site relocation projects.

    He also called on the government to synchronize the roles of various government agencies toward a coordinated effort to achieve a common goal, particularly in the rehabilitation of disaster-stricken areas.

    “Access to land should be made available for future housing sites, and to overhaul the inefficient conversion process of the agrarian reform department in support of Pres. Aquino’s pronouncement to prioritize housing for the poor, national land use and land administration reform,” he said.

    The group also urged President Benigno Aquino 3rd to focus on addressing the housing backlog, particularly among socialized housing beneficiaries.

    Tan said the OSHDP is developing a real estate multi-sectoral solidarity action on these issues during its upcoming 5th National Developers Conventionm scheduled to be held on August 28 to 29, 2014 at the Dusit Thani Hotel in Makati City.

    Besides developers, government and private stakeholders in the socialized and economic housing value chains are expected to participate in the convention, Tan said.

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