QUEZON CITY – Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario is calling on real estate brokers to join hands with the government in fighting real estate scammers in the country.

The housing czar made the call during the Real Estate Brokers Association of the Philippines’ (REBAP) 42nd Annual National Convention where he recognized the group’s crucial role as intermediators in real estate transactions, which places them in prime position as vanguards of the general public, legitimate developers and even brokers and salespersons.

“I take this opportunity to ask REBAP’s active participation in our campaign to protect not only the general public, but also your organization and members and the legitimate developers,” Secretary Del Rosario said in his keynote message.

“The proliferation of real estate scammers who prey on innocent homebuyers deprive you – the legitimate salespersons, of your hard-earned and professional livelihood,” Secretary Del Rosario stressed.

Last month, Secretary Del Rosario spearheaded the launch of an intensified campaign against real estate scammers and ordered all of DHSUD’s regional offices to run after unscrupulous developers and real estate brokers and agents engaged in the illegal selling of real estate properties.

According to the housing czar, the department is closely coordinating with other agencies such as the Department of Interior and Local Government, the Land Registration Authority, the Department of Justice and local government units to finally halt these illegal activities.

Secretary Del Rosario expressed hope that the REBAP would be another ally in the campaign.

He likewise lauded the organization for its role for setting a high-level of standard among real estate professionals in the country, which makes them highly valued partners of the DHSUD in its aim of promoting sustainable human settlements and urban development nationwide.

“Together, with your cooperation and the support of other relevant government agencies, we can envision a prosperous and vibrant housing industry,” Secretary Del Rosario said.

“Together, let us join hands in attaining President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s goal of providing each Filipino family with a decent, affordable and resilient home they can probably call their own,” he added. (30)