SEALED PARTNERSHIP: DHSUD Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario signs a Memorandum of Agreement with the Baler, Aurora, LGU, on mass housing projects mostly intended for informal settler families. The housing czar said the pact signifies the completion of direct engagement and coordination between the municipality of Baler and DHSUD, stating that the Department is always ready to assist LGUs that need housing assistance from the government. (DHSUD)

QUEZON CITY – The Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) finalized another key pact with Baler, Aurora local government on mass housing projects mostly intended for informal settler families (ISF).

Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Baler Mayor Rhett Ronan Angara, paving the way for the construction of two housing projects in the municipality.

“These housing projects are part of our balanced housing compliance wherein we provide direct support to the LGUs in the provision of site development of identified residential sites. Since Baler is needing assistance on this aspect, and when the mayor went to my office, I immediately informed him that the Department will support him and provide the necessary assistance,” Secretary Del Rosario said.

“So this is the completion of direct engagement and coordination between the municipality of Baler and DHSUD. We are very happy to assist LGUs, especially third, fourth, fifth and sixth-class municipalities, which are the ones that truly need assistance,” the housing czar added.

 The Baler Housing Project will be established in Brgy. Reserva on a more than one-hectare property while the Brgy. Obligacion Resettlement and Socialized Housing Project will be erected on a 1-hectare land area. Both projects will feature single detached and duplex-single-attached housing units.

Beneficiaries, mostly those residing in critical and high-risk areas, will be determined after a thorough assessment by the LGU.

The projects will also include site embankment, provision of areas for parks and playgrounds, community facilities, concrete roads, drainage and slope protection, among other amenities.

Secretary Del Rosario emphasized that DHSUD will continue providing such assistance to LGUs that will comply with prescribed requirements and regulations, noting that such measures will protect the interest of all stakeholders.

Thanking Secretary Del Rosario, Mayor Angara vowed to exhaust all means to push for more similar projects in Baler to benefit his constituents, especially those in the low-income bracket.

Both projects will be constructed using incentivized compliance by partner developers to balanced housing program in line with the government’s commitment to provide decent housing to all Filipino families, particularly the ISFs and those affected by previous calamities.

The agreement with Baler is DHSUD’s latest agreement with an LGU to boost linkages and coordination with housing stakeholders – an integral part of the Department’s agenda for this year.

Since its creation two years ago, DHSUD has been upholding the basic housing principle that shelter is a right, homeownership is an option and it is the Department’s responsibility to capacitate Filipino families, particularly those from low-income groups, to have decent and affordable houses of their own. (30) — CVC