President Rodrigo Duterte today again lectured Senator Manny Pacquiao, who claimed that the current administration breeds three times more graft than his predecessors.
Duterte branded the former boxing champ’s statement which hinted on a promise to provide free house and lot to each and every homeless Filipinos, as an idea coming from a “crazy” person.
According to Duterte, providing socialized housing for the poor is a tall order even as he claimed that it is something that the previous administrations — including his administration — have been working on.
“Pero sabihin mo na isang salita na bigyan mo lahat at matapos mo ganitong panahon, you must be crazy or you are lying through your teeth because reali—realistically, hindi mo talaga kayang magawa ‘yan,” Duterte candidly said.
The President said it would take at least 20 years to finish a housing project — “Ganyan kahirap mag-solve ng housing problem dito sa Pilipinas.”
In trying to make his point clear, the President explained that an identified forest area has to undergo the tedious process of first converting it into an agricultural land before the government can start processing another conversion for it to be reclassified as a residential area.
He cited the housing project for thousands of families from the province of Leyte who were displaced by typhoon Yolanda in 2013. He said that data coming from the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development and the National Housing Authority (NHA) showed that they have yet to finish the first batch composed of 90,000 housing units for the victims of super typhoon Yolanda.
The government originally wanted to provide 220,680 units.
Interestingly, the NHA has been prioritizing informal settlers living in high risk areas — under the bridges and those whose shanties were built atop or beside tributaries.
“Hindi tayo puwede magpasok ng mass housing kasi hindi talaga kaya. Hindi ko lahat mabigyan, mga kababayan ko, kasi wala ho—wala naman ganoong karaming pera, materials, at trabahante.” the President quipped.