BINAN CITY – Officers of the Biñan City Confederation of Homeowners Associations took oath before the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario as the first confederation of homeowners’ federations in Laguna province.

DHSUD Regional Office 4A Director Jann Roby Otero, with Assistant Regional Director Felix Brazil spearheaded the Zoom meeting for the oathtaking of the confederation’s officials at the Biñan City People’s Center Auditorium on Monday in line with the department’s second anniversary celebration.

“They are now the officers of the Biñan City Confederation of Homeowners Associations that represent the five homeowners’ federations in the city. Mabuhay po kayo!” Secretary Del Rosario said, calling on the officers to coordinate with the department’s regional office in addressing their respective issues and concerns.

The confederation is represented by Mr. Romeo Bautista – Confederation President, Ms Julie Cauile – Confederation Vice President, Atty. Luis Manabat – Confederation Secretary, Ms. Emelita Gamilla – Confederation Treasurer, and Ms. Elizabeth Aquino – Confederation Auditor.

The oathtaking ceremony was held in conjunction with the launch of the SIKAT Livelihood Program. Biñan City Mayor Walfredo Dimaguila Jr., Vice Mayor Angelo Alonte and Councilor for HOA and Subdivision Affairs Jayson Souza graced the event. Dimaguila took pride in the formation of the said confederation and announced a monetary grant of P100,000 for each member-federation as a start-up fund to use in their activities.

He also commended the close coordination of the Biñan City Human Settlements and Livelihood Office and the DHSUD regional office in assisting the homeowners’ association of Biñan in the formation of HOA federations and confederation.

Secretary Del Rosario had previously stated that HOAs play a vital role not only in community development, but also in nation-building. Last year, DHSUD issued Department Circular 2020-03 providing alternative means for the conduct of HOAs’ meetings and elections.

“HOAs are drivers of positive change in housing communities. We fully support their conglomerations across the country to promote unity toward collective development among our dwellers,” Secretary Del Rosario said.

During the enhanced community quarantine and extended community quarantines imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, HOAs have been playing a key role in enforcing health and safety protocols meant to minimize the spread of the disease. (30) – CVC