VP Binay taps PHL engineers to build sustainable communities

Vice President Jejomar Binay on Friday urged top Philippine civil engineers to join forces with the government in developing "climate-resilient" and sustainable communities.

Binay urged the engineers to take part in the "Working People’s Shelter Program," where all stakeholders work and mutually benefit from the program.

"We are currently exploring a program called The Working People’s Shelter Program, which applies a more intensive public-private partnership to create sustainable communities," said Binay, who chairs the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), in his speech before the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE), which marked its 75th anniversary.

Excerpts of the speech were posted on Binay's Facebook page.

Binay noted the "Working People’s Shelter Program" seeks to provide the basic requirements of a community, including school buildings and health centers.

Also, he noted PICE volunteers extend their expertise to organizations such as Gawad Kalinga and Habitat for Humanity.

"The Working People’s Shelter Program is forged in the same spirit as these other noble endeavors, and so I am extending the invitation to all of you to join us in giving this program life and momentum,” he said.

He added building sustainable communities must be done by responding to the realities of global warming and climate change.

Government efforts

Binay pointed out the government is currently crafting policies at the local level that will encourage the use of green technology to reduce climate risks.

“I am also pleased to announce that the government housing sector has started promoting the use of indigenous and green technology in our construction through the Accreditation of Indigenous Technologies for housing, or AITECH,” he said.

He added PICE members are one with the government not only in utilizing new technologies, but also in helping discover more of these innovations that suit local conditions.

"This model of public-private partnership will not only make urban planning and housing eco-friendly, it will lower our costs and create other industries that generate jobs,” he added.

Meanwhile, Binay thanked PICE for contributing its technical expertise in hazard mitigation and disaster preparedness and lauded the members for their “serious effort to using knowledge and skills for the enhancement of Filipino welfare and the environment.”

“Through timely and committed public-private partnerships, we can see the housing gap close once and for all, and in the process hit other targets such as employment and the creation of new and strong industries,” he said. — TJD, GMA News

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