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CREBA housing vision gets support from industry icons

The vision of “A Home for Every Filipino” being advocated by the Chamber of Real Estate and Builders’ Associations, Inc. (CREBA) is gaining ground and drawing the support of government and industry icons.

That support can be gleaned from the participation of lawmakers, key shelter agency heads, government officials and industry experts in CREBA’s forthcoming national convention and its sponsorship by leading firms in various sectors.

CREBA logo(Photo courtesy of creba.ph)

CREBA logo(Photo courtesy of creba.ph)

Housing Committee heads Senator Joseph Victor G. Ejercito and Rep. Alfredo B. Benitez of the upper and lower chambers of Congress lead government officials who have confirmed their participation as guest speakers.

“Also supporting the convention are leading industry players Boysen and Vistaland. Other event sponsors include DMCI Project Developers, PLDT, Pag-IBIG Fund, R-II Builders, Loyola Memorial Parks and Gardens, E. Ganzon, Inc., Forming Access and Support Inc., Cignal TV, Eastern Petroleum Corporation, Megaworld, New San Jose Builders, and VV Soliven Group,” said national convention chairman Anastacio C. Adriano, Jr.

“All roads lead to the CAP Trade and Cultural Center in Baguio City’s Camp John Hay until Oct. 15 for this grand event involving government and private industry stakeholders from CREBA’sclose to 30 chapters nationwide,” CREBA national president Charlie A. V. Gorayeb said.

According to Gorayeb, there will be plenary sessions, fellowship nights, guided tours, business-matching activities, and presentations on market trends, technologies, private sector proposals, government plans and policies, and emerging opportunities, all geared towards providing a home for every Filipino.

Ranged against that vision, however, is a housing backlog of at least 5.5 million units. Overcoming such deficit requires the production of at least 500,000 housing units a year for the next two decades.

To attain that, CREBA is seeking a 5-point agenda for housing that will establish long-term and affordable funds for socialized and economic housing; affordable homes for employees in urban areas; lands for human settlements, agriculture and the environment; efficient housing regulations; and a full-fledged Department of Housing and Urban Development.

CREBA’s 5-point housing agenda has been drafted into various bills to amend, rationalize, streamline and beef up existing laws on housing.

“Putting this 5-point agenda on stream – from legislation to implementation – demands the support and cooperation of various sectors as it also involves the proper and prudent use of resources of both the government and the business community,” said CREBA national chairman Noel Toti M. Carino.