MABALACAT CITY, Pampanga – Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario is bolstering private sector engagements in the grassroots to witness first-hand the current status of the housing and real estate industry.
Secretary Del Rosario, during last Friday’s (March 5) visit to two major development sites in Pampanga, stressed that the activity is part of efforts to boost DHSUD’s partnership with the private sector to synchronize and enhance public-private efforts in the housing sector.
The housing czar said that going to the grassroots is a very good “learning opportunity.”
“It is an opportunity for me to engage with the private sector and hear from them what’s the ongoing situation regarding housing,” Secretary Del Rosario said.
“So from the national level, I will have a more concrete ground assessment. This is part of my learning process and also gain more experience from the grassroots situation,” he added.
On Friday, the housing czar graced the Thanksgiving and First Anniversary of Westchester Realty Corp of Xevera in Mabalacat City.
In his message, Secretary Del Rosario cited the housing and real estate industry’s pivotal role in pump-priming the national economy.
According to the DHSUD chief, the real estate sector can also become a boon for Filipinos in terms of employment as it can trigger tens of thousands of jobs across the country.
It will be recalled that upon the resumption of the real estate activities in June 2020 amid the lockdown brought about by COVID-19, about 55,000 workers immediately returned to work, thus, providing much-needed livelihood during the pandemic.
The housing czar also noted that 80 other industries are aligned in the construction of housing units.
“So makikita natin dito kung papano ang epekto sa ekonomiya, sa ating mga kababayan ng Housing as an industry,” Secretary Del Rosario said.
He likewise reiterated DHSUD’s guiding principle that housing is a right of every Filipino while home ownership is an option and ” it is our responsibility of housing officials to ensure that we help the general public fulfil the dreams of 81% of Filipino families who wish to have a house of their own.”
DHSUD Assistant Secretary Leira Buan, DHSUD Regional Office 3 OIC-Director Lyndon Juntilla and Pag-Ibig Fund chief executive officer Acmad Rizaldy Moti also witnessed the significant event, which was also graced by former Congressman Hon. Rodolfo Valencia, Westchester Realty Corp. founder, and Mabalacat City Mayor Crisostomo Garbo, who expressed his gratitude to the government for ensuring solid engagements with the LGU in terms of empowering the local housing and real estate sector.
Secretary Del Rosario stated that DHSUD, in coordination with its key shelter agencies, are committed on carrying out more housing projects across the country.
“That is the direction of the department and our key shelter agencies. We are not just building housing units, we are also building resilient and sustainable communities,” he stressed.
Later in the day, the housing czar inspected model housing units at The Lakeshore, a luxury housing community built on a 210-hectare of prime land in Mexico City, Pampanga. (30) — CVC