Senate bill to give free houses but not lots

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A SENATOR has introduced a bill to provide free housing for homeless Filipinos, as long as the government retains ownership of the land.

Senator Manuel “Lito” M. Lapid’s Bill 1232 or the Free Housing by Usufruct Bill seeks to address the problem of Filipinos who end up selling homes and land given to them by the state .

“We’ve had many government housing programs, but these generally work on the principle of selling housing to beneficiaries at an affordable price that they will pay for over time,” he said in a Wednesday statement. communicated.

“However, in many cases, recipients sell the units allocated to them as income instead of using them for their families,” he said. “This is contrary to the goal of our housing programs to provide housing for every Filipino family.”

Mr. Lapid noted that since the early 1990s, various housing finance programs offered long-term, low-interest loans to poor Filipinos, but failed due to mortgage defaults and low collection efforts.

“Even with the existence of low-cost housing, which should be inexpensive, the intended beneficiaries still cannot afford it,” he added.

Under the bill, only Filipinos without property will be covered by the program. Local governments and other agencies can extend the benefit to their workers. — Alyssa Nicole O. Tan

Norman D. Briggs