QUEZON CITY – The Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) continues to serve as a beacon of hope for those who wish to have their own home as two new housing projects in Laguna were unveiled on Wednesday.
DHSUD Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario led the signing of two Memorandums of Understanding and groundbreaking ceremonies for the housing projects in the municipalities of Pila and Bay in Laguna.
The pacts are in line with DHSUD’s BALAI Program or Building Adequate, Livable, Affordable and Inclusive Filipino communities in close collaboration with local government units and partner-developers.
“Based on statistics conducted in 2015, 81% of Filipino families would like to have a dream house of their own. ‘Yun po ang sector na ina-address ng DHSUD,” the housing czar stressed, noting that it is President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s wish for each Filipino family, especially the underprivileged, to have a decent home.
Pila Mayor Edgardo Ramos, who described the project as a “blessing” for the municipality, said local informal settler families (ISFs) are the ones to benefit from the undertaking. Several private developers, including Belle Corporation, ACM Landholding Inc and Cathay Land Inc., will be involved in the project.
“That is the focus of our department: to address the concerns of the informal settler families and the poorest of the poor in our society. ‘Yan po ang mandato ng batas, sa Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development. Yung sector na walang kakayahan na magkaroon ng sariling bahay ay matugunan ang kanilang pangangailangan. We give them the capability, the opportunity to have decent and affordable housing units,” Secretary Del Rosario said.
The housing project in Bay, on the other hand, was warmly welcomed by Laguna Second District Representative Ruth Hernandez and Bay Mayor Jose Padrid. According to Rep. Hernandez, the housing project serves as an early Christmas gift for the people of Bay.
Following the MOU signing, Secretary Del Rosario said that coordination between the national government, thru DHSUD, and LGUs is pivotal to realizing the department’s mandate of assisting the “poorest of the poor” owning their dream homes.
He likewise stated that although the DHSUD is the youngest department in the whole bureaucracy and is still reeling from some birth pains, the housing agency is more than ready to face the challenges and fulfil its goal of promoting a vibrant housing sector.
“Hangad ng DHSUD, katuwang ang mga LGU, na matulungan ang poorest of the poor, yung mga informal settlers na walang lupa, na ang mga bahay ay nakatayo sa danger zones, or yung lupa na pag-aari ng gobyerno o private sector,” the housing czar added.
The projects came into fruition through the efforts and coordination of the LGUs and the DHSUD Regional Office 4A under the SIKAT project headed by OIC-Regional Director Atty. Jann Roby Otero.
The department and the two municipalities are also slated to finalize another agreement on the construction of common facilities such as a public auditorium and sports complexes. (30)