Gov. Imee Mar­cos: Blis­shous­ing­pro­gram could be a so­lu­tion to the hous­ing needs of the poor

Palawan Daily News - - Region -

A hous­ing project, not just for a par­tic­u­lar sec­tor but for ev­ery work­ing Filipino should be put in place to ad­dress not only the hous­ing back­log but to help ful­fill the as­pi­ra­tion those want­ing to a de­cent hous­ing, Ilo­cos Norte Gover­nor Imee Mar­cos to­day said.

Mar­cos said that al­most ev­ery work­ing Filipino, in­clud­ing those work­ing abroad, is be­ing made to pay their monthly mem­ber­ship con­tri­bu­tions to the Home De­vel­op­ment Mu­tual Fund, more pop­u­larly known as the Pag-IBIG Fund.

“La­hat ng sweldo natin may bawas kada buwan for Pag-IBIG (Fund). The ques­tion is, where is it go­ing? Nasaan ba ‘yang hous­ing (pro­gram) na ‘yan?” she asked.

The ful­fil­ment of the as­pi­ra­tion of ma­jor­ity of poor Filipinos may be re­al­ized through the re­vival of the BLISS hous­ing scheme.

“Kung kaya noon, bakit hindi ngayon?” Mar­cos said, re­fer­ring to the gov­ern­ment ap­proach taken in the late 70s in ad­dress­ing the hous­ing prob­lem of the poor­est of the poor then.

Given that land is not only scarce but ex­pen­sive, a medium-rise type of hous­ing pro­gram sim­i­lar to the Bagong Lipunan Im­prove­ment of Sites and Ser­vices (BLISS), may not only help bring down the hous­ing back­log but pro­vide for a de­cent dwelling to those liv­ing in slum ar­eas.(P.R)

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