QUEZON CITY – Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario has outlined the agency’s thrusts and priorities for next year aimed at further improving the lives of Filipinos by building resilient and sustainable communities and human settlements.

For 2021, the DHSUD is adamant on pursuing the comprehensive development of the housing and urban development sector, Secretary Del Rosario said in his opening statement for the two-day DHSUD 2020 Yearend Assessment and 2021 Operations Planning that kicked off on Tuesday.

He said such a process involves completing the formulation of the National Housing and Urban Development Sector Plan, which will operationalize and mainstream DHSUD’s priorities and strategies towards a more vibrant housing sector.

Secretary Del Rosario also stated that improving the department’s systems and processes are also key thrusts for next year, noting that the DHSUD is keen on further empowering clients and stakeholders, as well as focusing on its core functions.

According to the housing czar, establishing a well-defined plan, coupled with solid participation from stakeholders and partner organizations, can pave the way for the department to carry out its mandate more efficiently.

Secretary Del Rosario likewise stated that the department will focus more on promoting housing microfinance. “The department must also undertake policy reforms to accelerate housing microfinance as the primary pro-poor housing finance strategy,” the housing czar stressed, noting that cementing stronger ties with local government units is also needed in pushing for more socialized housing programs across the country.

Taking part in the key activity, which seeks to highlight DHSUD’s accomplishments for the year and tackle the department’s ways forward, were regional directors, division chiefs and bureau heads via video conference.

The housing czar commended the dedication and hard work of all department personnel in providing quality public service, especially in ensuring continued operations despite challenges brought about by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

“Despite these setbacks, we remained steadfast in our commitment and continued to bring service to the Filipino people. We managed to break out of our comfort zones, and braved the overwhelming pandemic, to stay faithful to our duty as public servants,” Secretary Del Rosario said.

“With this, I encourage you to sustain our gains and strive to do better next year. As we continue to perform our day-to-day activities, let us not lose sight of our vision in building inclusive and sustainable communities and human settlements, and channel our time and efforts to bring it to fruition,” he added. (30)