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I SHARE the optimism of House of Representatives Speaker Martin G. Romualdez over President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.’s target of building six million housing units during his six-year administration is attainable.
Aside from bringing dignity to the lives of our homeless people, housing also serves as an effective multiplier in the country’s economy.
I just hope the government can accomplish this goal and live up to public expectation.
The targeted one million housing units every year is an ambitious target, but Romualdez is very confident the government can achieve this through unity in purpose and the cooperation of all stakeholders in the program.
The Legacy Housing Project of the Marcos administration was recently unveiled in Batasan Hills, Quezon City.
Local officials call the project “Bagong Bliss para sa Mamamayan ng Quezon City” which is part of the President’s Pambansang Pabahay para sa Pilipino Program.
The project is reminiscent of the BLISS (Bagong Lipunan Improvement of Sites and Services) holistic housing program of the President’s mother, former First Lady Imelda Romualdez Marcos, when she was minister of human settlements.
Marcos is addressing the country’s woes on all fronts almost simultaneously: food security, foreign investments, jobs and livelihood, public order and safety, health and social protection, and now social services, like housing.
Romualdez promised that Congress will do everything to support Marcos in all of his programs because they also believe that if there’s unity, they can achieve even the greatest of ambitions.
“This is how we move forward; this is how we move mountains,” he said.
Recognizing how housing is important to all Filipinos, the lawmaker pointed out that Marcos, from Day One of his administration, has instructed all those in government service “to move heaven and earth” to ensure that affordable housing units will be available to homeless Filipinos.
The President said that all Filipinos have the right to have their own homes and a safe community.
With the presidential directive, Secretary Jose Rizalino Acuzar of the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development has mobilized government and private sector resources to support the administration’s housing program.
Thanks to President Marcos, what used to be a dream for marginalized Filipinos will soon turn into a reality.
One will no longer be afraid of being evicted from communities. Families can now live in peace in a safe and secure environment.
The project will not only bring economic and social stability to Filipino families but will also help create jobs and boost the economy.
The Legacy Housing Project is also a testament how creative and innovative solutions to poverty can help to improve the lives of people in the long term.
“We owe a great debt of gratitude to all those who made this housing project possible. We thank them for their hard work and commitment to making this program a reality. All of us must continue this legacy of creating opportunities for those in need and making sure that everyone in our country has access to basic necessities such as housing,” Romualdez said.
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