According to the University of Asia and the Pacific, the Philippines would need 12.3 million housing units by 2030. Of these 12.3 million units, 1.45 million need housing subsidies and 1.58 million more are for socialized housing from 2012 to 2030, according to the records of the Subdivision and Housing Developers Association Inc. (SHDA).
To improve housing policies and subsidy management, the national government been collaborating with the private sector. The Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) requires developers to contribute to socialized housing programs where each developer is entitled to its compliance mode.
Among which is premier land developer Federal Land Inc., which is making bigger strides with an advanced portion for its socialized housing project.
“Times are simply becoming more difficult for many Filipinos, and we are supporting this program since Federal Land can be of help,” said Federal Land president Thomas Mirasol.
“The government’s action agenda for housing has never been more urgent than now, and we’ve taken it upon ourselves to advance our portion of socialized housing.”
For Federal Land, the updated policy, which requires 15-percent horizontal development and five-percent vertical project contribution, opened more opportunities to upgrade its participation.
The company now complies through Participation through Investment or the Building a Legacy for the Advancement and Integrity (BALAI) program.
BALAI has the highest credit among all compliance modes as it is, in fact, a non-recoverable non-profit investment equivalent to five percent of the total costs of the main project. Under this initiative, Federal Land is responsible for land development to deliver roads, drainage, power and water lines.
The company has also advanced its escrow by at least a year for more efficient compliance, ahead of the common industry practice. This allows the company to be more expedient in processing the licenses needed for soon-to-be-launched social housing projects with DHSUD and chosen LGU partners.
As most of the projects under its socialized housing program are slated outside Metro Manila, such as Mati, Davao Oriental, Monkayo, Davao de Oro, and San Miguel, Bulacan, among others, the company sees its contribution complementing the government’s sustained efforts to link cities through the Build Build Build (BBB) program.
In the middle of the still undefeated pandemic and erratic implementation of the community lockdowns, big-ticket projects under BBB continue and are considered to fuel the country’s economic recovery beyond the health crisis. With the resumption and progress of Federal Land’s developments, it hopes to further contribute to the national goal of distributing economic growth and eventually decongesting the capital.
“We extend our support to the vulnerable segments of our population because it is in our nature as a developer to nurture a healthy and well-balanced community. We also believe that it should be a shared goal for the public and private sectors to build a more inclusive and sustainable future for Filipinos. For us in real estate, that means secure shelter and reliable infrastructure,” Mirasol capped.
Banner caption: The public and private sector are collaborating to address the country’s backlog.