QUEZON CITY – The Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) has been pro-actively working with partner-organizations to ensure that only legitimate beneficiaries receive government housing units.

As the government’s primary agency task to provide decent and affordable housing, the Department has been actively capacitating partners in the selection process of housing beneficiaries, through sustained engagements.

DHSUD Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario is encouraging the key shelter agencies, local government units and other partner-organizations to strictly follow the implementing guidelines and criteria in beneficiary identification and selection.

“I am calling on our partner-stakeholders to pro-actively observe the prescribed process and criteria in identifying our housing project beneficiaries so that only those who are truly affected are given assistance,” Secretary del Rosario said.

In the February 3-5 workshop led by Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC), in partnership with the Philippine National Railways, Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor, Department of Transportation and the local government of Biñan, the Beneficiary Selection, Awards and Arbitration Committee (BSAAC) of the Local Inter-Agency Committee for the North-South Commuter Railway Extension (NSCREx) Project discussed the process of BSAAC deliberation to prevent illegal occupancies.

The workshop revisited the process and criteria for the deliberation of project affected persons (PAP) under the NSCREx. It started in 2018 by conducting census among the PAPs in the area and followed by a pre-qualification validation in 2019. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, community assemblies have been completed in 2020.

The deliberation process will start this year after the conduct area inspection by SHFC. The implementing agencies are adopting additional measures to further streamline the qualification requirements upon review of the situational assessment report.

“Despite the pandemic, we will work on enhancing further our capacities to implement our projects in the most effective and efficient way. Now more than ever, the Filipino dwellers are counting on the integrity of our selection process with accurate results,” Secretary Del Rosario said. 30 – MGL