FIRST DHSUD REGIONAL HUB: DHSUD Secretary Eduardo D. Del Rosario leads the inauguration of the new – and the first – Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development and Human Settlements Adjudication Commission building in the City of San Fernando, Pampanga, on Friday. Assistant Secretaries Melissa Aradanas and Leira Buan, as well as HSAC Executive Commissioner Melzar Galicia, also graced the key event. The new building will serve as the DHSUD Regional Office 3’s home under Director Atty. Lyndon Juntilla.

QUEZON CITY – The Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) has unveiled its first-ever regional building in Central Luzon in line with its goal of delivering “superior” service to the public.

In spearheading the inauguration of the new DHSUD and Human Settlements Adjudication Commission (HSAC) Building in San Fernando City, Pampanga, on Friday, DHSUD Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario said rolling out the department’s first regional office complements its mandate of providing sustainable, resilient and affordable housing communities to Filipinos.

Secretary Del Rosario likewise stated that the inauguration is part DHSUD’s efforts to establish strong foundation in the regional level with regards to ensuring the future of the country’s housing sector.

The three-story building, located at Diosdado Macapagal Government Center in Barangay Maimpis, will serve as the home of the DHSUD Regional Office 3 under OIC-Director Atty. Lyndon Juntilla.

In his message, Secretary Del Rosario reiterated one of DHSUD’s guiding principles – which is to consider shelter as a right of every Filipino. He stressed that DHSUD was formed by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to fulfil the dreams of 81% of Filipinos who wish to have a house of their own.

“With the department, we now have the right structure to ensure that these 81% will have better opportunity to have a house of their own that is decent, yet affordable,” Secretary Del Rosario stressed, noting that the department is not simply about building houses, but communities that have the capacity to grow into a sustainable society.

With regards to formulating regulations, the DHSUD chief said department officials must ensure that no substandard housing unit or project should be allowed. He likewise called on DHSUD personnel to step up in championing the Ease of Doing Business, particularly in securing permits and licenses.

The housing czar stated that the department is enhancing its coordination with the Anti-Red Tape Authority, as well as other relevant government agencies, to better ensure the provision of quality service to the public.

Secretary Del Rosario rallied department officials and employees to serve with passion, especially in assisting low-income groups and informal settlers who are residing in government and private-owned properties.

DHSUD Assistant Secretaries Melissa Aradanas and Leira Buan, as well as HSAC Executive Commissioner Melzar Galicia, also graced the key event. The HSAC senior official lauded the building’s structural design, saying that having a regional hub is a boon for DHSUD and HSAC in reaching out to the people, as well as housing stakeholders.

“Having good facilities and infrastructure is important for producing commendable work and outcomes, especially for us, public servants, of competence, integrity and responsibility,” Executive Commissioner Galicia said.

“I am confident that this will advance the plans of the DHSUD-HSAC Region 3 for the years to come,” he added. (30)