Housing dep’t seen to address 5.7-M backlog

THE Chamber of Real Estate and Builders’ Associations Inc. (CREBA) believes that the creation of a separate housing department would address the country’s huge socialized housing backlog.

CREBA, the country’s largest real estate and housing group estimates that the housing lack currently stands at 5.7 million is urging the Duterte administration to create a department that is solely dedicated in formulating housing programs to address the situation.

A study by the Asian Development Bank showed the Philippine government spent only 1 percent of its total budget for housing, reportedly the lowest in Asia.

In a statement, the group suggested…

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A father’s quest for justice


FOR A father like Gab Quebec, winning a case in the United States against a pedophile who made his young daughter a virtual sex toy and putting him behind bars was more than revenge but a triumph of justice in itself.

Quebec, 38, said it took at least four years of court battle before members of the jury in the American court has voted to convict Michael Lindsay for sexually molesting his daughter on multiple occasions back in Manila.

It was even more frustrating because the woman who facilitated the abuse on the young girl was her own mother who…

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Traffic woes and the Old Manila

By Addie Pobre

GAZING at old pictures of our cities, one cannot help but be nostalgic and long for the old Manila with its ‘romantic Parisian architectural design and ambience that evoke fine taste and civility’ of yesteryears.

Enter the new 21st century, major Metro Manila cities are now a far cry from what they once were and have become a depressing hubbub of urban life. Sadly, they are now classic examples of urban blight.

Traversing along the disharmony of tall, soulless architectural sights, incoherent tones of infrastructures, shades of smokes, massive roads obsessed with automobiles, train stations crammed with…

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CCT perpetuates mendicant mentality

FAR from being a tool to help the poor improve their lives, the conditional cash transfer program has instead become a tool that perpetuates mendicancy in the country.

VOCAL critics of the program, later renamed Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) by the Aquino administration, have said that despite the huge increases in budget, the program has failed to address poverty and hunger but just perpetuated mendicancy and disunity in poor communities.

Implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the CCT, aka PantawidPamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), a brainchild of former President Arroyo but claimed by Aquino as his, continues…

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PH made hybrid train unfit for Metro Manila

NEWLY appointed Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Fortunato Dela Peña has doused cold water on high expectations over Hybrid Electric Road Train (HERT) a locally -developed mass transportation system as there are still areas that require more researches and developments to perfect the same.

HERT is a 40-meter long system of five interlinked and air conditioned coaches, that can run at a top speed of 50kph on a ‘supposed to be’ dedicated lane and can accommodate as much as 650,000 passengers a day.

The problem however is despite having gone through a lot of tests and was proven…

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