QUEZON CITY – Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) will be having a simple but meaningful celebration of its second anniversary this week.

With the theme “Tahanang ligtas, abot-kaya at matatag; pamayanang matiwasay at panatag,” DHSUD lined up a series of activities in close collaboration with all housing stakeholders.

Two years since President Rodrigo Duterte signed Republic Act 11201 – on Valentine’s Day – that paved the way for the department’s establishment, DHSUD has started laying the solid foundations to shape the country’s housing and real estate industry through strong partnership with all stakeholders, especially those in the private sector.

DHSUD has been proactively carrying out measures aimed at further empowering the housing and real estate sector, from assessing existing policies to implementing enhanced housing regulations designed to minimize the adverse impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kicking off the celebration is an exhibit to be launched by no less than DHSUD Secretary Eduardo del Rosario at the Central Office’s lobby on Monday (February 15). The housing czar will be joined by Undersecretaries Marylin Pintor, Meynardo Sabili and Zyril Carlos, as well as Assistant Secretaries Avelino Tolentino III, Melissa Aradanas and Leira Buan, in the event.

The exhibit will highlight the department’s accomplishments, as well as notable programs and activities by its key shelter agencies, namely the National Housing Authority, Pag-Ibig Fund, the Social Housing Finance Corporation and the National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation and attached agency Human Settlements Adjudication Commission.

Another highlight of this year’s anniversary celebration is the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement between DHSUD and Alpha-3 Technologies to be held on Tuesday, February 16. The pact seeks to provide wi-fi infrastructure to public housing projects.

This will be followed by the oathtaking ceremony of the 2021 Organization of Socialized and Economic Housing Developers of the Philippines officers.

On Wednesday, February 17, DHSUD will start holding a series of webinars highlighting regulations on land use and real estate development.

Over the past two years, DHSUD, together with the KSAs and partner-developers, has been delivering public service anchored on the principle that housing is a right of every Filipino.

Despite the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as climate change, the department succeeded in carrying out its mission of building not just houses, but resilient Filipino communities nationwide.

DHSUD is currently in the midst of finalizing a 20-year strategic housing roadmap, expected to be rolled out in the first quarter of 2021, aimed at addressing the country’s housing needs. It also seeks to serve as a blueprint in ensuring continuity of proactive plans and programs in the housing sector. (30) – CVC