Cesar Montano Unveils New Housing Approach for Poor Workers

Manila–“Filipino laborers work so hard to keep body and soul together. One of the basic needs they dream of is a decent house for their family,” said Senatorial Candidate Cesar Montano, in his Labor Day statement to media. He disclosed that one of his legislative agenda is focused at encouraging Filipinos, especially the poor and the homeless, to avail of government’s housing programs. He calls it the ‘Work-for-a-House policy’ aimed at getting people to literally ‘work for their houses’.

 

“While it is the responsibility of government to provide people with that they need, it is also the responsibility of the people to help the government in its efforts. This policy will cater the interests of both,” he said. Montano aims to employ the poor, the homeless and the informal settlers as laborers in government housing programs to reduce the labor expenses for such activities. “When labor cost is low, more raw materials will be available and more houses will be built”, he added. With this, food and raw materials will be the major sources of expenses since labor costs will be virtually zero.

Montano aims to work with the National Housing Authority and relevant government and private institutions if ever elected for office. He suggested that control measures be created for (1) the application of ‘beneficiaries/workers’, (2) the quality and amount of raw materials used per house, and (3) the terms of ownership, to avoid being cheated in any of the three. He also suggested the possible roles of each family. “The men will construct the houses. The women will cook the food and do many other things in the site. The children will help their parents. Everybody will work together, so we will have a community even before the houses are built”, Montano added.

The policy is consistent with his slogan “Power to the people” because it gives exactly that. Theft will not be a problem since anyone who would attempt it will end up facing the wrath of the people who ‘owns the project’. This also helps reduce unemployment, though in indirect and temporary ways. Lastly, this policy erases the notion that Filipinos will get their basic needs from government for free, since they now have to work to get them.

“What is the fruit of your labor?” Some get money, others get material things, but with this policy, poor Filipinos will get their own houses, built by their own hands. And maybe we can try this approach to other basic needs of our country,” Montano suggested. “This is consistent with my social justice platform, a way of bridging the gap between the rich and the poor,” concluded Montano.

The said strategy is a modified version of a Singaporean Policy where beneficiaries of housing programs pay for the houses given to them in incremental terms, only this time labor is used as payment and not cash. The same approach was copied and adopted by England, Singapore’s colonizers.

8 responses to “Cesar Montano Unveils New Housing Approach for Poor Workers

  1. Esteban Ugalde

    Bayanihan??? Sa totoo lang sobrang mahal ang mga materyales para sa pabahay. Karamihan sa ating mga dukhang Pilipino wala tayong sariling lupa. Ang lupang tinitirikan sa aming munting bahay kubo ay kay Don Herodes. Public housing ay hindi kayang bayaran sa minimum wage. Sa pagkain at pamasahe araw-araw ubos na limang libo sahod sa sampung araw. Ano pa ang matitira sa pabahay? Payo lang kabayan Buboy, huwag mong pasukin ang sakit sa ulo sa pabahay.

  2. Uhm, Esteban Ugalde,
    Have you any consctructive suggestions/May mga maimumungkahi ka ba para sa posibleng kasagutan ng iyong mga hinaing?

    I wasn’t sold on Cesar Montano at the start, but hey, the masa elected as President someone who indeed came from the ranks of public office (e.g .Mayor/senator/V.P), but where did it get us?/Di bumenta sa akin si Cesar Motano sa umpisa pero nabigyan nga tayo ng masa ng isang Presidenteng nagsilbi bilang alkalde, senador at bise, pero sa’n naman tayo humantong?
    Kayo po ba ay taga-NHA or galing sa konstruksiyon? O nakaranas na ba kayo na magbigay-oras/mag-boluntaryo sa mga pribadong proyektong pabahay na kinabibilangan ng mga di-kilala at ordinaryong mamamayan?
    Di ko kilala si Cesar Montano maliban sa nag-iisang pelikulang napanood ko (Jose Rizal), pero ‘yung mga naging pribadong proyekto niya na di kinakailangan ng intriga para makilala ay malaking bagay para sa akin bilang sukat ng katauhan. Sana lamang ay kung palaring mailuklok, magpatuloy pa rin ang tahimik na pagtulong.

  3. To Esteban: Kaibigan, naiintindihan po namin ang inyong kaisipan patungkol dito. Marahil marami ka na ring kabiguang at frustrations na hinarap at hinaharap. May pag-asa pa po yan. Yung binanggit po ni Cesar Montano na pabahay ay posible po at kasalukuyang isinasakatuparan na sa ating bayan. Isa sa mga organisasyon na gumagawa nito ay ang GK o Gawad Kalinga.

    Alam po ng ating kandidato na mahirap at malaking sakit ng ulo ang pabahay sa ating bansa. Pero hindi po ito dahilan para hind na natin subukin pang lutasin. Sana po ay huwag po tayong mawalan ng pag-asa at patuloy po tayong lumaban. Kaya po natin ito kung magtutulungan po tayo. Huwag lang iasa sa isa o dalawang tao.

    Ang pabahay ay isa lamang sa mga magagandang ideya ni Cesar Montano. Kaya po sana ay maibigay nyo po ang inyong suporta sa kanya. Makakaasa po kayo na pilit nyang isusulong ang bawat isa sa kanyang mga plataporma at mungkahi na naisulat dito at sa iba pang mga pahayagan.

  4. Yes all of what is written here are superb .
    without any co-operations of the Pilipinos Cesar montano can never ever be able to make it.

  5. Artemio De La Cruz

    Are you referring to the Filipino elites?

  6. Marilyn M. Johns

    Hi Cesar,
    Take heart and know that I am praying for you – not because you are an excellent actor endowed with good looks but because I think that you are a Christian with HIS heart well in place.
    I commend you for all your proposed programs particularly in your intentions to sanction unfair labor practices that exploit our poor and in your proposed housing for the poor.
    Please consider looking into the idea of Cooperative Housing so that when established and properly organized our poor working class and even those who are underemployed / unemployed may be given the opportunity to obtain housing for their family – the concept of condominium housing will be most effective, however unlike the “Pag-Ibig” homes, the 1st 2 floors should be set aside for livelihood projects such as a coop market, a coop restaurant, an local employment office that will be managed and operated by its own members- the residents/ owners of the coop housing itself.We have so m uch untapped potentials – we have seamstresses and tailors, beauticians, barbers, masseurs,…they can also operate a daycare center for children so that those who need to leave their homes to work will have the necessary services without incurring exhorbitant expenses – consider the possibilities.
    I call this Affirmative Inquiry – when you look at the possibilities and potentials with what we are and what we have as a people – as against focusing on what we are not and what we do not have. It is similar to the principle of looking at a glass half full ( not half empty) and / or the doughnut ( as against the doughnut hole).

    This is the concept that we have startedhere in our group we joyfully call “Buklod Biyaya” – if you want more details please email me back.

    Regards and GOD bless you in your offer to serve our kapatids.

  7. Siguro iyong mga may mga negative comments ayaw lang talaga tumulong kasi nasanay siguro na may magsisilbi sa kanila at palagi nageexpect na ma solve ang mga problema in a short period of time. Kung ako sa kanila, tumulong na lang sila kung ano man ang mga proyekto na pinaplano kung sakali manalo si Cesar (hopefully). Gaya nang pagsunod sa traffic laws; hindi magkalat sa daan, magbayad on time sa taxes…malaking tulong na yan!!!

  8. To Marylin: Thank you for your comment. That is an idea worth giving a try. Please kindly email us the details at cesarmontano_hq@yahoo.com.ph. Thanks.

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