Solon wants to stream­line process for mass hous­ing

Sun Star Bacolod - - Nation -

MANILA – Sen­a­tor Sonny An­gara on Fri­day pushed for the stream­lin­ing and sim­pli­fy­ing of the is­suance of hous­in­gre­lated clear­ances and per­mits through the cre­ation of one-stop pro­cess­ing cen­ters to ad­dress the back­log in the con­struc­tion of set­tle­ments for the in­for­mal sec­tor.

In a state­ment, An­gara warned that the na­tional hous­ing back­log would worsen and turn into a na­tional hous­ing crisis if the bu­reau­cratic red tape in gov­ern­ment hous­ing agen­cies is not re­duced.

on fu­ture de­mand and the cur­rent pace of pro­duc­tion, the back­log in hous­ing units is fore­cast to hit 6.6 mil­lion by 2022, from 5.5 mil­lion in 2016.

“But we can ramp up pro­duc­tion by im­prov­ing the reg­u­la­tory en­vi­ron­ment. When there is ease in do­ing busi­ness, fi­nanc­ing comes in, and with vol­ume comes af­ford­abil­ity,” An­gara said.

He said the man­date of sev­eral anti-red tape laws should be applied to hous­ing “not just in na­tional gov­ern­ment agen­cies but also in lo­cal gov­ern­ments.”

The sen­a­tor par­tic­u­larly cited Republic Act 10884, which re­quires the es­tab­lish­ment of so­cial­ized hous­ing one-stop pro­cess­ing cen­ters.

An­gara said build­ing a house is a slog through 27 of­fices, 78 per­mits, 156 sig­na­tures, 373 doc­u­ments that could last for months.

For so­cial­ized or af­ford­able mass hous­ing, pre-con­struc­tion pro­cess­ing time could last up to 74 months, if it in­volves land con­ver­sion, ti­tling, and fi­nanc­ing, he noted. “Be­fore you pour your first pail of ce­ment, you have to follow a long paper trail. And many fam­i­lies do not have the en­ergy for that,“he said.

An­gara said gov­ern­ment hous­ing of­fi­cials have re­ported to him that it nor­mally takes the Na­tional Hous­ing Au­thor­ity 12 to 30 months to get a green light for con­struc­tion.

For the So­cial Hous­ing Fi­nance Cor­po­ra­tion, the pre-con­struc­tion pro­cess­ing time for its Com­mu­nity Mort­gage Pro­gram projects is be­tween 16 to 74 months.

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