LIKE other developing countries across the globe, the Philippines, a nation of more than 100 million people, is still saddled with the problem of homelessness.
And almost throughout the year, fires, floods, earthquakes, typhoons and landslides destroy houses and other dwelling units, rendering thousands of people homeless.
Thus, our lawmakers would do well now to approve Senate Bill (SB) 203, otherwise known as the “National Housing Development Production and Financing Act.”
Authored by Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” T. Go, the proposed legislation calls for more support for Filipinos who lost their houses to fires and natural disasters.
“Marami na akong napuntahang mga nasunugan at nawalan ng tirahan, kailangan natin silang tulungang makabangon muli through low-cost housing programs,” he said.
Senator Go, a close associate of President Duterte, called for housing assistance for our victims and the construction of permanent evacuation centers in the country.
SB No. 203 aims to accelerate housing production by ensuring government funding in the long term, said Go, vice chair of the Senate committee on urban planning, housing and resettlement.
We add our voice to Go’s, in the belief that there’s now that urgent need to respond to the still increasing backlog of housing units in this impoverished but natural resources-rich Asian nation.
Let’s do something more effective regarding homelessness and grinding poverty at this time, when the COVID-19 pandemic remains a major headache of people across the globe.