Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2013
CEBU CITY --- Vice President Jejomar C. Binay today said the home owners’ associations (HOAs) can be effective agents in the drive to eradicate graft and corruption in both the public and private sectors.

Binay, who chairs the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), was in town to attend a meeting with members of the different HOAs in the Central Visayas region to discuss their role in ridding the country of graft and corruption.

The project was initiated by the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB) and was attended by around 1,150 members from some 350 associations in Region 7 with Deputy Ombudsman for Central Visayas Pelagio Apostol as resource speaker.

“We want to elevate the consciousness of HOA members and empower them to become agents of change,” the housing czar said.

He encouraged HOAs to report any anomalous transactions in the government as well as in private housing developers.

“We all have a role to play. And it’s high time that the interests of homeowners are protected,” the Vice President said.

“We want to prevent what happened with Globe Asiatique wherein our kababayans were defrauded of their hard-earned money,” he added.

Binay said a similar meeting was scheduled with housing associations from Region 8 on May 6.

“We are now looking for ways to try and replicate this in project in the entire country and we also want to tap other shelter agencies,” the housing czar said.

HLURB chief executive officer Antonio Bernardo and Commissioners Ria Cabrera and Luis Paredes also attended the meeting.