DZIQ Radyo Inquirer program provides relevant info on housing
IF THERE’S one thing that the Philippines can learn from the recent earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan, it’s that you can never be too prepared for a calamity.
A superpower with one of the world’s largest economies, Japan has for decades been investing heavily in disaster preparedness, from conducting earthquake and tsunami drills in its schools, to developing technology for earthquake-resilient buildings.
Of course, when Mother Nature strikes, there is no preventing the inevitable toll on lives and property, but many agree that without Japan’s preparation, more lives would have been lost.
It’s this kind of disaster preparedness that was envisioned by the United Architects of the Philippines, My Shelter Foundation, the Climate Change Commission, San Miguel Properties Inc, and the Quezon City local government when they launched last year “Design Against the Elements” (DATE), a global design contest aimed at helping develop the first disaster-resilient community in the country.
San Miguel Properties, the property arm of diversifying conglomerate San Miguel Corp (SMC), sponsored the competition, which attracted architectural designs from over 30 countries.
The winning design, by Danish architect Johanna Ferrer Guldager and Norwegian Annet Grønnern Olsen of architectural firm TheWinter Office from Denmark, was showcased recently in simple awarding ceremonies at theCrowne Plaza Hotel. The innovative design was adjudged as “the best in mitigating the effects of climate change and natural calamities” - in particular, floods, a perennial problem in the country.
Interestingly, one of the winning architects is actually of Filipino descent. Filipino-Danish Arch. Johanna’s mother is from the Bicol Region.
“The goal was to plan for homes and communities that can withstand the rigors of the Philippines’ typhoons and consequent flooding, made worse by the increasingly alarming effects of climate change. This community should be able to survive for weeks in severely restricted conditions in a post-disaster situation,” says My Shelter Foundation founder Illac Diaz.
“We wanted to be able to mitigate the effects of the destruction caused by natural disasters, which contribute to the perpetuation of poverty as they result in loss of life and property,” he adds, citing the destruction that typhoon Ondoy brought in 2009.
The winning design, which received a cash prize of US$10,000, features both residential and commercial areas and includes water canals, wadis (dry riverbeds that contain water during heavy rain), roof water collection systems, a staggered layout for houses to protect dwellers from hard winds and wind tunnels, and gardens designed to decrease water levels.
The Quezon City government, which will explore ways on how the community can be built within the city, has agreed to call the winning design the “House of San Miguel”, after the patron saint of the firm that made the competition possible. FOR MOST Filipino families, gaining access to housing is one of the primary needs that they have to address. With so many things to consider, and the seemingly complicated process in order to obtain affordable housing, there’s now a onestop gateway for all information on housing over at Radyo Inquirer DZIQ 990 kHz. This radio program, which airs every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., is “Bahay Pinoy, Buhay Pinoy.”
The radio program aims to be the instrument to make access to housing a possibility for Filipino families. It also seeks to safeguard the interests of each Filipino family with regard to housing as it offers relevant knowledge which they may need when they plan to acquire one.
Since January this year, it has featured various practitioners and experts on the housing sector. Among them are Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council’s Jeanette Cruz and lawyer Ave Tolentino who discussed various HUDCC programs as well as anti-squatting issues; lawyer Butch Fabul of Home Guaranty Corp, Ophelia Dela Cerna and Oscar Empensado of Pag-Ibig Fund who talked about housing loans and acquired assets; Joel Begornia, Felino Cortes and Leila Astronomia of the Land Registration Authority who tackled how to detect fake land titles; Emilia Lanuza of Social Housing Finance Corp discussed the community mortgage program; Rep. Rodolfo Valencia, chair of the House committee on housing, has talked about the comprehensive land use program of local government units.
Lawyer Marissa Cabreros of the Bureau of Internal Revenue discussed real estate taxes while Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., chair of the Senate committee on housing and urban development, tackled the proposed Department of Housing as well as housing for government employees. Lawyer Joseph Peter Sison, president of the National Home Mortgage Finance Corp, meanwhile, discussed the issue of home loan to borrowers.
Aside from key people from government housing agencies, the radio program has also featured noted real estate developers. Eugene Yu of Capitol Estate Development Corp, Purita Soliven of V.V. Soliven Realty, Ernie Rioveros of Picar Development Inc and Andy Manalac of Eton Properties were just some of them.
Recently, lawyer Antonio M. Bernardo of the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB), was invited as guest. He talked about how one can protect real estate purchasing decisions and what to do in the case of disagreements in home associations and how these can be resolved.
“Bahay Pinoy, Buhay Pinoy” is anchored by Rose Basa, president and CEO of Philippine Real Estate Festival (PREF) Events Management. She’s also the executive vice president of the Chamber of Real Estate and Builders’ Association (Creba), vice president for the Middle East of the Creba International Foundation Inc and a three-term chair of the Creba Social Housing Foundation. She also writes a Saturday column in Bandera, the tabloid of the Inquirer.
Basa is also a BREW awardee (BizNews Asia Who’s Who) in the field of real estate by the BizNews Asia magazine. She was cited for “some of the interesting and innovative ideas in real estate promotion and development, like the staging of the Philippine Real Estate Festival, the million homes for the poor and the working class, and homes for jeepney drivers programs.” The PREF is held annually and is now on its fifth year. It is where top officials of the land, major developers, investors, builders, suppliers, government housing agencies, and end-users meet and interact. Simultaneous with the PREF is an investment forum usually participated in by experts, both local and foreign, in the real estate industry and related fields.
Listeners can call in for their comments and inquiries on all issues related to housing. Call tel. nos. 519-1875, 519-1876 or 519-1477, call or text (0919) 2909646, or e-mail at ba[email protected] The program can also be heard via live streaming at www.dziq.com.