SCALING UP: DHSUD Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario leads a groundbreaking and MOA-signing ceremonies with the municipalities of Talavera and San Leonardo, Nueva Ecija, on Monday for housing projects in the two towns. The housing czar in his message, highlighted DHSUD’s efforts in bolstering partnerships with local government units in upholding the Department’s mandate of providing Filipinos, especially the underprivileged, access to decent, resilient and more affordable housing communities. (DHSUD)

TALAVERA, Nueva Ecija – The Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) continues to scale up efforts in boosting partnerships with local government units, with the agency again finalizing new housing accords with two Nueva Ecija municipalities on Monday.

DHSUD Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario led a Memorandum of Agreement-signing and groundbreaking ceremony for a housing project intended for informal settlers in his hometown of Talavera. It was the 11th housing assistance pact that the Department had sealed with an LGU.

In his message, Secretary Del Rosario highlighted DHSUD’s efforts in reaching out to LGUs and boosting coordination with them, particularly in establishing resilient, sustainable and resilient housing communities to Filipinos, especially the underprivileged.

“Of the other LGUs that DHSUD had signed a MOA with, only Talavera has a Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) and Local Shelter Plan (LSP). Congratulations to your LGU because that is the most important document a locality must have so it will have an idea done comprehensively on how to optimize the utilization of their lots,” the housing czar stressed.

“As a son of Talavera, thank you for giving me the opportunity to help my hometown. If you need any help regarding the provision of shelter, all you need is to ask, our doors are always open for you,” Secretary Del Rosario added.

Talavera Mayor Nerivi Santos Martinez expressed gratitude to Secretary Del Rosario and lauded the government’s efforts in extending assistance to her municipality in giving the underprivileged access to decent and affordable housing.

“Ito po ay napakalaking bagay. Hindi po magiging disente ang buhay kung hindi disente ang bahay. Maraming nangangamba na mga kababayan natin na walang sariling titirikan ng kanilang mga bahay. Kaya ito pong proyekto na ito ay napakalaking bagay para sa kanila,” the mayor said.

Also witnessing the accord’s finalization were DHSUD Regional Office 3 Director Lyndon Juntilla and DHSUD Housing and Real Estate Development Regulation Bureau OIC-Director Atty. Angel Aguila.

Later in the day, the DHSUD chief also sealed a similar agreement with the municipality of San Leonardo, Nueva Ecija headed by Mayor Froilan Nagano.

The agreement – the 12th with an LGU – will pave the way for the grant of fund for land development using the incentivized compliance of developers to the balanced housing program for San Leonardo’s BALAI-certified socialized housing project.

“This pact is part of DHSUD’s mandate in fulfilling the dream of most Filipinos in having a house of their own, especially those living in danger zones. Through our small contribution, yung aming housing guideline na ‘shelter is a right of every Filipino family’ ay ma-realize natin at maisakatuparan with our partnership with LGUs,” Secretary Del Rosario said at the event.

“We would like to scale up. We hope that by the end of the year, we will have 50 more or so MOAs with other LGUs,” he added.

Also present during the event was Nueva Ecija 4th District Representative Maricel Natividad-Nagano, who also expressed gratitude to Secretary Del Rosario for his efforts in pushing for the key pact.  “Mapalad at maswerte po kami dito sa San Leonardo na may tunay na Nueva Ecijano na handang tumulong para matulungan ang mga kababayan natin na may mga agam-agam hinggil sa pagkakaroon ng sariling pabahay,” the congresswoman said.

For his part, Mayor Nagano, described the MOA as a blessing for his town and also lauded DHSUD’s efforts in extending the government’s housing assistance to San Leonardo.

Cementing stronger partnerships with LGUs is one of DHSUD’s key strategies this year. Secretary Del Rosario has repeatedly stressed the need for better coordination with LGUs for the government’s national housing program to become a success. (30) —CVC