BAGUIO CITY – The Chamber of Real Estate and Builders Association – Baguio-Benguet Chapter (CREBA-BBC) assured its all-out support to the development of more housing projects in its area of jurisdiction as well as the exercise of its corporate social responsibility for the public.
Engr. Mario R. Alzona, Jr., newly-installed CREBA-BBC president, said aside from increasing their membership in order for their significant contributions to be counted in the growth and development of the city, the organization will also be involved in efforts to help the city government preserve and protect the environment.
“We will try to do our part in helping address the housing backlog in Baguio and Benguet. We will surely expand the development of housing units outside the city proper to help decongest Baguio and bring development to La Trinidad, Itogon, Sablan, Tuba and Tublay,” Alzona stressed.
He disclosed the group will also continue maintaining and upgrading its CREBA adopted park in Camp 8 through the raising of around P1.2 million in order to protect the park from being invaded by informal settlers and detractors of the environment.
Initially, Noel Cariño, CREBA national president, committed an initial amount of P50,000 to the local chapter in order to realize its primary objective of protecting its adopted park from enterprising land speculators and informal settlers.
According to him, there is a total of 35,000 housing units backlog in Baguio and Benguet that needs to be addressed by both private developers in coordination with concerned government agencies and local governments.
Alzona admitted housing development in Baguio and Bengeut is described to be robust but the problem being encountered by private developers is the absence of enough space that they could give those signifying their interest to own houses and lands in Baguio and Benguet.
At the same time, the CREBA-BBC official said they will also continue to actively participate in issues and concerns affecting the welfare of the people of the city through passing resolutions stating their positions on matters having effects to public welfare.
By Dexter A. See