TOKEN OF PARTNERSHIP: DHSUD Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario meets with top officials of SHDA, OSHDP, CREBA and NREA, on Monday. The housing czar presented DHSUD logo pins to the partner-developers — symbolizing close partnership between the department and the private developers. SHDA President Rosie Tsai was among the participants at the key event. (DHSUD)

QUEZON CITY – The Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) and its partner-developers have pledged to further enhance their already warming ties towards a more vibrant housing sector.

Top officials from the Subdivision and Housing Developers Association (SHDA), the Organization of Socialized and Economic Housing Developers of the Philippines (OSHDP), the Chamber of Real Estate and Builder’s Associations (CREBA) and the National Real Estate Association (NREA) on Monday affirmed their support to the department as they paid a courtesy visit to Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario following his recent confirmation by the powerful Commission on Appointments as the first-ever DHSUD chief.

At the event, Secretary Del Rosario called on partner-developers to unite in further empowering the real estate sector and in providing more sustainable, resilient and affordable housing units to Filipinos, especially the underprivileged.

The housing czar likewise highlighted the need for constant coordination between the government and the private sector in stopping the unlawful and illegal selling of properties, as well as putting unscrupulous individuals involved in such acts behind bars.

Furthermore, Secretary Del Rosario rallied the support of all stakeholders in the real estate sector in addressing the country’s housing needs through proper coordination in policy regulation and project implementation.

The housing czar distributed DHSUD logo pins to participants at the event, symbolizing the continuous partnership between the department and private developers.

SHDA President Rosie Tsai, NREA Chair-Emerita Marissa del Mar, OSHDP Chairman Marcelino Mendoza and CREBA head Noel Toti Cariño were among the bigwigs who took part in Monday’s courtesy visit.

The OSHDP previously voiced its support to Secretary Del Rosario, noting that the organization remains optimistic that under his leadership, DHSUD will continue hastening the housing permitting processes as envisioned in the Bayanihan to Recover As One Act. It likewise expressed confidence that Secretary Del Rosario will fast-track the production of socialized housing for low-income Filipino families.

The NREA, on the other hand, noted in a statement that the organization fully supports Secretary Del Rosario and believes in his service to the housing industry.

Secretary Del Rosario has been enjoying the trust and confidence of all stakeholders in the real estate sector since taking helm of the housing portfolio on the back of his effective leadership and hard work. (30)