QUEZON CITY – Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) Secretary Eduardo D. Del Rosario believes that synchronization of housing programs could soon be attained, thanks to the department’s plan of organizing national and regional coordinating committees.

In revealing DHSUD’s thrusts during Monday’s New Year’s Call, Secretary Del Rosario revealed that the department is keen on establishing the National Human Settlements and Urban Development Coordinating Committee (NHSUDCC) and Regional Human Settlements and Urban Development Coordinating Committee (RHSUDCC) in line with efforts to streamline DHSUD’s 2021 operations.

According to the housing czar, the creation of the NHSUDCC and the RHSUDCC is also aimed at bolstering the department’s response system against the multitude of challenges within the housing sector and address related issues up from the national down to the regional levels.

“In line with the BALAI Filipino Program’s thrust to promote synergy among the key shelter agencies (KSAs), we are creating the NHSUDCC at the national level, and RHSUDCC at the regional level,” Secretary Del Rosario stressed.

“The NHSUDCC and RHSUDCC shall be a venue for discussion and collaboration between and among the Department and the KSAs, and the development of programs, activities, and projects that are responsive to local housing and urban development issues and concerns,” the DHSUD chief noted.

Once established, the national and regional committees would facilitate cooperation and coordination between the department and KSAs. It would also ensure harmonization of housing and urban development policies, and complementation of programs, projects, and activities.

Aside from synergy among the housing agencies, Secretary Del Rosario said that the department will boost its data gathering and analysis capabilities to back policy-making or in lieu of subjective methods.

“The importance of data in decision-making, especially in this technology-driven era, cannot be overemphasized. In the absence of valid and relevant data, policy-making sometimes relies on intuition, experience, or expertise, all of which have serious drawbacks,” Secretary Del Rosario said.

Apart from promoting synergy among housing agencies nation-wide, DHSUD is also adamant on developing a database for all housing projects across the country, including the inventory of the housing needs of LGUs, available lots for housing and land zoning classification, and listing of existing beneficiaries of the government’s housing programs.

The housing czar likewise highlighted the challenges brought about by the eruption of the Taal Volcano and the spate of several typhoons that struck the country at the end part of 2020, noting that DHSUD succeeded in coping up with such woes by staying united and committed in serving the public.

To ensure the continuity of services in times of disasters, the DHSUD also plans to establish a responsive and updated Business Continuity Plan for the Department and all the KSAs.

The housing chief rallied all DHSUD personnel to remain united, calling on them to continue serving the public with passion. (30)