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Robredo wants land titles for housing projects finished in 15 days

Patty Pasion
Robredo wants land titles for housing projects finished in 15 days
The Vice President says some housing requirements have hampered housing projects in disaster-hit areas like Eastern Samar, where only 12% of homes for Yolanda victims have been built, so far

MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo wants land titles for  housing projects processed in just 15 days – from the current 3 years – to address the country’s government housing backlog.

Robredo bared her goal in a recent visit to Hernani town in Eastern Samar, where she learned that only 12% of the 205,000 homes for victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in the province have been completed, nearly 3 years after the disaster.

The Vice President, who chairs the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), said that on average, it takes two to 3 years to secure a land title for a housing project.

In the provinces, she said, the ownership of some properties are only backed up by tax declarations – proof that amortization is paid but not of ownership.

“We want to shorten the processing time from 3 years to 15 days,” Robredo said.

This goal, she added, requires the help of other concerns agencies. “We cannot do it alone in HUDCC as we there are other agencies involved. That’s the problem.” she said in Filipino.

Robredo said several Cabinet members – the Vice President, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, and Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr – will  with the concerned agencies to discuss her proposal.

The Vice President cited the need to address problems in housing as she noted that in Eastern Samar,  only 12% of Yolanda-destroyed homes have been rebuilt 3 years later.

“Iyong pangangailangan natin sa Yolanda areas, 205,000. Ang report sa amin ngayon, 25,000 pa lang ang completed….Tapos ‘yong 25,000 na completed, ang report sa akin, 2,500 ang occupied,” she said during her visit to Hernani town on Tuesday, September 13.

(About 205,000 homes are needed in Yolanda areas. The reported to us is only 25,000 have been completed. And out of that number, it was reported to me that only 2,500 is occupied.)

In Hernani town alone, only 200 housing units are under construction out of the promised 900 units. –

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Patty Pasion

Patty leads the Rappler+ membership program. She used to be a Rappler multimedia reporter who covered politics, labor, and development issues of vulnerable sectors.