DHSUD Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario rallies key shelter agencies (KSAs), department officials and personnel to synchronize efforts for the delivery of “superior” public service this year during Monday’s New Year’s Call, wherein the housing czar enumerated priority programs for 2021 like the 20-year housing roadmap, as well as the creation of the National and Regional Human Settlements and Urban Development Coordinating Committees.

QUEZON CITY — As part of its effort to streamline its operations in 2021, the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) will be organizing coordinating committees at the national and regional levels for the implementation of housing and urban development programs around the country.

During Monday’s New Year’s Call, DHSUD Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario revealed the DHSUD’s thrust to organize the National Human Settlements and Urban Development Coordinating Committee (NHSUDCC) and Regional Human Settlements and Urban Development Coordinating Committee (RHSUDCC) to better respond to the multitude of challenges within the housing sector.

“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 said.

“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,” he explained.

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.

To this end, the department aims to develop a database of all housing projects nationwide, 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.

“There is much to be done and more hurdles to overcome, but with your hard work and dedication, I know that we’ll be able to sustain our momentum and intensify our efforts to turn our vision of building inclusive and sustainable communities and human settlements into reality,” the housing czar said.

Aside from DHSUD’s key officials and personnel, heads of DHSUD’s key shelter agencies, namely the Home Mutual Development Fund, the Social Housing Finance Corporation, the National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation and the National Housing Authority, took part in Monday’s event. (30)