Written by Venus H. Sarmiento
Lingayen, Pangasinan (4 October) — At least 16,000 Pangasinenses still do not have a house they could call their own, said Engr. Alvin Bigay, chairman of the Provincial Housing and Urban Development Projects, citing surveys.
Bigay said the provincial government extended its arm to provide low-cost housing projects to employees of the provincial government. Construction is now in full swing in the towns of Lingayen and Bolinao.
The province is also observing the World Habitat Day today where the United Nations declared the first Monday of October as such to remind the people that housing or shelter is a basic right and necessity.
“Mabilis ang urbanization natin ngayon, halos 60% ng population ay papunta na sa urban development,” Bigay said.
However, urbanization has a high price to pay as the environment is getting its share of destruction.
“Dapat may balance ang lahat, kung patuloy ang urbanization, ang growth at development, dapat isaalang-alang ang environment para hindi masira. Dapat in harmony sa nature ang lahat ng gagawing development para masaya ang pamumuhay,” Bigay quipped. (PIA-Pangasinan)