QUEZON CITY – The Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) is literally ending 2020 with a bang — unveiling seven housing projects in December.
On Tuesday, 21 December, DHSUD Secretary Eduardo D. Del Rosario spearheaded the signing of two Memorandums of Agreement with the province of Bataan, led by Gov. Albert Raymond S. Garcia, and Muntinlupa City under Mayor Jaime Fresnedi.
Secretary Del Rosario welcomed the partnerships with the province of Bataan and Muntinlupa City as a positive development, noting that housing has vital social impact to Filipinos.
“It is a social responsibility of the government to ensure that the ‘poorest of the poor’ will have the opportunity to have a house of their own that is decent and affordable,” the housing czar said.
“We can see clearly the convergence of efforts among the local government unit, the national government and the private sector so that we can build a housing project that will be gladly accepted by the beneficiaries,” he added.
The proposed One Bataan Village is intended for more than 1,000 displaced families affected by an accidental fire that occurred in Sitio Depensa in Bataan’s coastal town of Capunitan on January 29, 2019.
Under the pact, DHSUD, through the National Housing Authority (NHA), will lead the land development to pave the way for the construction of 6 three-storey buildings on a 7.5-hectare housing site acquired by the municipal and provincial governments and situated some two kilometers away from the site where the fire struck.
Governor Garcia expressed gratitude to Secretary Del Rosario and the DHSUD for supporting the province’s housing project.
“Kami po ay nagpapasalamat for this very golden opportunity na masuportahan po yung mga housing requirement ng ating mga kababayan,” Governor Garcia said following the MOA signing activity held at the DHSUD Central Office.
Later in the day, Secretary Del Rosario also led the finalization of a MOA with Mayor Fresnedi for a similar undertaking that will mainly cater to city government employees.
“This is a very welcome opportunity for us to showcase to local government units the direction of the national government in housing because this is embodied in the Republic Act 11201, wherein DHSUD is mandated to help all Filipinos especially low-income families in availing affordable and decent housing being provided both by the national government and LGUs,” Secretary Del Rosario said.
The housing czar likewise stressed that although DHSUD is among the youngest departments in the whole bureaucracy and is still confronting some birth pains, the housing agency is determined on fulfilling its goal of providing sustainable housing communities to the underserved and have a positive impact on people’s lives with the help of its key shelter agencies.
Mayor Fresnedi, for his part, thanked the national government through DHSUD, saying the Muntinlupa LGU began formulating plans for a housing project for city government employees four years ago.
The new housing projects are the sixth and seventh, respectively, to be rolled out by DHSUD in three weeks following the launch of similar undertakings in the municipalities of Bay and Pila in Laguna on 09 December, the municipality of Umingan, Pangasinan on 15 December and in Brgy. Irisan, Baguio City on 16 December.
Likewise, on 18 December, Secretary Del Rosario witnessed the turnover of land development completion of the LGU housing project in barangay Lasang, Davao City, that can accommodate more than 3,000 housing beneficiaries.
Cementing stronger ties with LGUs is among DHSUD’s priorities for next year as recently revealed by Secretary Del Rosario. Apart from establishing stronger partnership with LGUs, the department is also keen on further promoting housing microfinance as a “pro-poor housing finance strategy.” (30)