Private, public sectors urged to work together on housing issues

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BOTH the public and private sector must work to address the challenges facing the country’s housing industry, a developer’s group urged last Friday as it prepared for the opening of its annual convention.

In a statement, the Subdivision and Housing Developers’ Association (SHDA) noted that housing sector practitioners must appreciate the key role they play in addressing the challenges of the industry.

SHDA stressed that the private sector must work in alignment with the Duterte administration’s 10-point socio-economic agenda.

“Since the government, in partnership with the private sector, is mandated to undertake a comprehensive and continuing urban development and housing program under Republic Act 7279 or the Urban Development and Housing Act of 1992 —the policy directions of the government agencies, which practitioners in the housing industry deal with—shall be very crucial in crafting short-term as well as long-term plans,” SHDA national president Rodel Racadio said.

One of the challenges that the housing industry needs to address is the growing shortage of housing brought on by the projected rise in the country’s population in the coming years.

Based on a study by the Housing and Urban Development Coordination Council (HUDCC), the accumulated housing backlog from 2011 to 2016 is estimated at 5.7 million units. The expected population growth could add to the already huge backlog.

“The population is projected to increase by more than a million annually—from about 95 million in 2011 to 126 million by 2030. This translates into 19 million households in 2011 to about 25 million by 2030,” SHDA said.

In line with addressing the country’s housing need, SHDA emphasized the importance of inclusive housing, which is “housing that is responsive to a family’s needs regardless of economic status, with socialized housing, low-cost housing, and economic housing.”

The shortage of housing is only one issue to be tackled at SHDA’s 25th National Convention.

Aside from inclusive housing, another aspect of the housing problem is the human resources needed to develop and build the massive number of homes the country requires.

“The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) even designed its own roadmap to keep pace with the requirements of the housing industry’s roadmap,” SHDA said.

The convention will also dwell on tsustainability, particularly in using green building elements to minimize the effects of global warming, and as well as working together with the public sector in various policy areas.

“Adopting a long view, the government’s policy toward the sector is a positive step towards ensuring and enabling an environment that will allow housing developers to sustain their efforts to further grow the housing industry by pushing through with their housing development plans in 2016 and beyond,” SHDA said.

“We are optimistic that we can all work together–the government and the private sector—in order to continue advancing toward the fulfillment of goals encapsulated in the Housing Roadmap 2030,” Racadio said.

The 25th SHDA National Convention is an annual event that will gather more than 200 members of SHDA from all over the country. The two-day event will be held at the Iloilo Convention Center, Megaworld Blvd, Mandurriao, Iloilo City on Thursday and Friday, September 22-23.

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