QUEZON CITY — Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario believed the swift activation of regional housing committees across the country within the first quarter of 2021 will spur the economy and further enhance synchronization of efforts in the housing industry.
All 16 regional offices (RO) of the DHSUD have successfully convened their respective Regional Human Settlements and Urban Development Coordinating Committee (RHSUDCC) together with the key shelter agencies (KSA), with the aim of synchronizing the housing and urban development efforts in their areas.
Secretary Del Rosario welcomed the development, saying the achievement is an integral step in building synergy within the housing agencies and acts as a “driver of growth” for the country.
“Congratulations to our regional offices for their swift action in activating their respective RHSUDCCs. This is a clear proof of our unity and open cooperation shared with our KSAs in fulfilling our mandate of providing resilient and sustainable homes and communities to the underprivileged,” Secretary Del Rosario said.
“Our consolidated efforts will stimulate the growth of thriving communities, which would strengthen our position in uplifting the lives of our people and invigorate the development of our countryside,” he added.
Released mid-January, Department Order (DO) 2021-001 paved the way for the creation of RHSUDCC, which ensures that all housing and urban development projects, programs and activities within a certain region are streamlined and complimentary.
It is composed of DHSUD Regional Director as Chairperson and regional heads of the Home Development Mutual Fund or Pag-IBIG Fund, Human Settlements Adjudication Commission, National Housing Authority, National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation, and Social Housing Finance Corporation as members.
The formulation of a Regional Housing and Urban Development Plan in support of the National Housing and Urban Development Sector Plan, Regional Development Plan, and other relevant national and regional plans is among the primary functions of the RHSUDCC.
It is also responsible for the coordination with LGUs, and other national agencies and organizations to facilitate the implementation of housing and urban development programs, projects and activities; establishment and operation of the Housing One Stop Processing Centers in the regional offices; pursuit of partnerships with stakeholders including the private sector in the delivery of regional plans and targets; and conduct research studies, develop and recommend policies, priority programs and projects with corresponding budget proposals to the National Human Settlements and Urban Development Coordinating Committee among others.
“The activation of RHSUDCCs in all our 16 regional offices institutionalize the convergence of efforts in the housing industry. This is a huge boost to our goal of providing decent yet affordable housing and sustainable communities to our kababayans especially the underprivileged, ” the housing czar stressed. -30- – MFRA