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Next, the administration must continue to implement comprehensive human settlement plans: executive

MANILA, Philippines — The Secretary of the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) expressed optimism that the future administration would continue to provide adequate and affordable housing as well as inclusive human settlement programs.

“Several government agencies have been working hard to ensure the continuity and sustainability of their operations to ensure a seamless public service,” DHSUD Secretary Eduardo del Rosario wrote in a recent column titled “Housing sector moving forward,” which was published by a broadsheet and online news site last week.

“It translates to analyzing our performance, reevaluating our current efforts, and planning for the future of the housing sector in our case at the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development,” del Rosario stated.

“We intend to move forward with our triumphs and learning experiences, which we hope will be valuable for the sector’s development in the next years,” he continued, guided by his vision of delivering appropriate, cheap housing and inclusive human settlements in well-planned communities.

He claimed that the establishment of the DHSUD was one of Duterte’s most significant achievements.]

“As a springboard for our ongoing efforts, we have successfully designed and adopted the 2040 National Housing and Urban Development Sector Plan (NHUDSP), which will serve as a thorough guide to the next in line,” he continued.

Despite labor difficulties and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, Del Rosario is certain that the DHSUD has met its duty.

The average yearly production of the DHSUD was 197,886 dwelling units, which was the highest level since 1975.

By the end of 2021, a total of 1,088,373 housing units and lots had been built and financed, accounting for 86 percent of the 1,267,198 units envisaged by the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) from 2016 to 2022.

“With this figure, we will undoubtedly exceed our PDP target if house production in 2022 is included,” del Rosario said.

Despite the money and mobility constraints, he said, housing bureaus, support services, and regional offices meticulously implemented and delivered projects and programs to the best of their abilities.

“Our achievements are a strong credit to our employees’ efforts and dedication,” he continued.

To ensure the “efficient and prudent” use of land resources in the country, the DHSUD aided 233 local government units in updating and ratifying their Comprehensive Land Use Plans and Provincial Development and Physical Framework Plans from 2020 to 2021.

It also devised laws and issued guidelines for both developers and homeowners in order to mitigate the pandemic’s negative effects.

Over the last two years, the DHSUD has issued 1,437 licenses to sell and 36,624 certificates of registration to dealers, brokers, and salespeople who have registered.

“By doing so, we have given our kababayans (countrymen) the opportunity to acquire nice homes while also professionalizing the sector.” We’re also dedicated to constructing “sustainable housing communities” that will empower residents and their associations, according to del Rosario.

DHSUD served 25,621 registered homeowners’ associations around the country as of December 2021.

It has also altered the Magna Carta for Homeowners and Homeowners Associations, Republic Act 9904, or the Magna Carta for Homeowners and Homeowners Associations.

“Our road to organizational development is equally vital. “We’ve designed and submitted for funding our Information Systems Strategic Plan; finalized the establishment of all our regional offices; streamlined our institutional systems and processes, and completely operationalized our programs and services down to the regional level,” del Rosario added.

He urged the new administration to keep developing initiatives that ensure appropriate and affordable housing, inclusive human settlements, and well-planned communities for all families.

“Whoever takes on the colossal task of managing the country’s housing industry, the 2040 NHUDSP will serve as a model because it is the result of a convergence of efforts from all sectors, equipped with a deep compassion for the Filipino people’s shelter needs,” del Rosario said.

He is optimistic that the DHSUD and its partners will continue to carry out their housing-related obligations.

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