DZIQ Radyo Inquirer pro­gram pro­vides rel­e­vant info on hous­ing

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - ROCK-SOLID CONFIDENCE - By Joel V. Ni­gos

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.

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