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CREBA event gets industry support

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The vision of “A Home for Every Filipino” being advocated by the Chamber of Real Estate and Builders’ Associations, Inc. (CREBA) is gaining ground and drawing the support of government and industry icons.

That support can be seen from the participation of government officials and industry experts in CREBA’s national convention to be held from Oct. 25-28 at the SMX Davao City and its sponsorship by major players.

Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council chief Gen. Eduardo del Rosario will lead government officials who have confirmed their participation as guest speakers.

Also featured are the following: Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, Usec. Alma Rita Jimenez (DOT), Singaporean book author and life coach Andrew James Ong, Usec. Rosemarie Edillon (NEDA); Acmad Rizaldy Moti (Pag-IBIG Fund), Rosabella Jose (National Home Mortgage Finance Corp.), Atty. Emelyne Talabis (Land Management Bureau), Atty. Luis Pañgulayan (DAR), Atty. Lloyd Christopher Lao (HLURB), Gen. Catalino S. Cuy (DILG), Dr. Eduardo G. Ong (PRB-RES), Cebu Landmaster’s Jose Soberano III, Damosa Land-Davao’s Ricardo Lagdameo as well heads of various major committees in the lower and upper chambers of Congress.

“All roads lead to this event involving government and private industry stakeholders from CREBA’s close to 30 chapters nationwide,” CREBA national president Charlie A. V. Gorayeb said.

According to Gorayeb, there will be plenary sessions, fellowship nights, guided tours, business matching, exhibits and talks on market trends, technologies, private sector proposals, government plans and policies, and emerging opportunities, all geared towards closing the housing gap.

Ranged against that vision, however, is a housing backlog of at least 5.7million units. To overcome that, CREBA is seeking a five-point agenda for housing that aims to produce at least 500,000 housing units a year for the next two decades.  CREBA’s five-point agenda has been drafted into various bills to amend, rationalize, streamline and beef up existing laws on housing.

“Putting this five-point agenda on stream – from legislation to implementation – demands the support and cooperation of various sectors as it involves proper and prudent use of resources of both the government and business community,” said CREBA national chairman Noel Toti M. Cariño.

“A major step in that direction is the CREBA national convention where all the concerned sectors will be gathered under one roof to pull their acts together,” he stressed.

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