Today, Habitat for Humanity Philippines (HFHP) marks World Habitat Day. The humanitarian organization wishes to acknowledge and emphasize that shelter is a basic human right and that every Filipino family deserves to have a decent home.
“Nationwide, four out of ten Filipino families do not own their own house. In urban areas, four out of ten Filipino families live in slums,” said Charlie Ayco, CEO and Managing Director of Habitat for Humanity Philippines. “It is unacceptable that basic provisions such as housing and sanitation have not kept pace with economic growth in the country. As populations increase, the Philippine housing backlog is a problem that is not going away.”
The Philippines currently has a housing backlog of four million households which is equivalent a need of four million houses all over the country. Through the Private-Public Partnership flagship program of the national government, the country is looking forward to reducing the number of families in need.
“Through the help of our partners both the private and public sector, we have been able to contribute in reducing the housing backlog of the country,” continued Ayco. “But the scale and pace need to be intensified. As we celebrate our 25 years in the country and as we look forward to the next 25, we aim to help decrease the housing backlog of the country by 20% by the year 2020 through municipal and city shelter plans.”
The United Nations established World Habitat Day in 1985 to spotlight the need for adequate shelter worldwide. On the first Monday in October each year, Habitat for Humanity affiliates and national organizations across the world raise their collective voice, taking action to change the systems, policies and attitudes that lead to poverty housing, and engaging partners in solutions.