Vice President Jejomar Binay has taken a subtle jab at administration standard bearer Mar Roxas as he sought to distance himself from criticism over the government’s enormous housing backlog for typhoon Yolanda victims.
On the second anniversary of the storm’s devastating onslaught on Sunday (Nov. 8), Binay said the National Housing Agency failed to meet its target of building 92,544 housing units for Yolanda survivors because it didn’t receive enough funds from the government.
”Hanggang sa kahapong nandito ako, ‘yung sinasabi na nagawa na bahay ng NHA ay ganito lang. I hope you understand ha, walang kasalanan ho kami sa NHA. Kami, we worked on the basis of the money given to us,” he told reporters in Tacloban City.
The Vice President served as chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) until June 2015.
Binay said the funds for the Yolanda housing project may have been transferred to the Department of Interior and Local Government, which was headed by Roxas until last August.
“Baka naman iyung pera ginamit at isiningit sa ibang department, katulad ng DILG [laughs]. Iyung perang dapat sa Yolanda, ibinuhos sa DILG,” he said.
Latest data from the NHA showed that only 16,544 housing units have been built for Yolanda survivors as of Sept. 2015.
When asked who should be blamed for the housing backlog, Binay declined to give any names.
“I’m not ready to tell you kung sino ang dapat managot dahil ang sinasabi ko iyung pangyayari,” he said.