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The housing sector will be in good hands, according to the director of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

MANILA, Philippines — In barely three years since its inception, the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) has produced the most since 1975 and formed partnerships with local government units (LGUs) and commercial developers to improve the country’s disaster preparedness.

As the Duterte government’s tenure comes to an end on June 30, DHSUD Secretary Eduardo del Rosario is sure that the agency’s hard work will be continued by the new administration.

“We must constantly innovate to guarantee that our mission of becoming a powerful institution and catalyst for the provision of adequate and affordable housing, inclusive human settlements, and well-planned communities for every Filipino family comes to fruition,” he said in his Monday report.

He believes that the housing sector is in excellent hands with the DHSUD personnel who are still working hard to accomplish their responsibilities.

“Always serve with passion,” he encouraged the next housing chief.

“Your mind and heart must be focused on the welfare of Filipino families who do not have their own homes,” stressed del Rosario.

“Despite dealing with some birth pains and amidst the Covid-19 pandemic,” Del Rosario remarked, the agency made a major influence on the housing business during their brief term.

“I am grateful to the President for allowing me to serve the housing sector, and I am pleased with our people’s performance,” Del Rosario added.

“The President is exceptional in his leadership abilities. As a subordinate, I can’t ask for much more. He places all of his trust and confidence in us, and he will never question whether or not what you’re doing is correct, and he expects results,” he continued.

DSHUD created the 2040 National Housing and Urban Development Sector Plan in February 2019, which combines the department’s current and proposed strategies, plans, and programs, as well as those of its key shelter agencies (KSAs) and other stakeholders, to provide Filipino families, particularly the poor, with decent, safe, sustainable, and affordable housing.

DHSUD implemented a series of moratoriums on loan payments to KSAs and secured the continuation of housing projects throughout the height of the pandemic, allowing thousands of workers to continue working.

The DHSUD’s most enduring impact is its record-breaking annual housing construction of 197,886 units, the highest since 1975.

All housing units built during the Duterte government “were of good standards,” according to Del Rosario.

Furthermore, by the end of 2021, more than 1.08 million housing units and lots had been built and financed, accounting for 86% of the 1.26 million units envisaged under the Philippine Development Plan 2016-2022.

DHSUD aided 233 local government units in updating and ratifying their Comprehensive Land Use Plans and Provincial Development and Physical Framework plans, as well as signing agreements to build evacuation centers to improve disaster preparedness, especially in areas prone to natural disasters and other calamities.

“Finishing these crucial pacts demonstrates the government’s commitment to supporting effective land utilization in order to ensure national progress while minimizing environmental impact,” Del Rosario added.

In the last two years, the DHSUD has issued 1,437 Licenses to Sell and Certificates of Registration to a total of 36,624 registered dealers, brokers, and salespersons, as well as 25,621 registered homeowners associations around the country.

DHSUD filled 65.46 percent of its employees, prepared and submitted funding for its Information Systems Strategic Plan, and completed the establishment of 16 regional offices in order to advance overall operationalization.

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