QUEZON CITY – The country’s major developers have expressed their commitment to support the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) in pursuing its mandate of providing Filipinos, especially the underprivileged, access to decent, resilient and more affordable housing.

The heads of the Subdivision and Housing Developers Association Inc. (SHDA), the National Real Estate Association Inc. (NREA), the Organization of Socialized and Economic Housing Developers Inc (OSHDP) and the Chamber of Real Estate and Builders’ Associations (CREBA) voiced their support to DHSUD during the recent launch of this year’s National Shelter Month (NSM).

SHDA National President May Rodriguez and Chairman of the Board Rosie Tsai particularly vowed SHDA’s support to DHSUD’s 20-year housing roadmap, especially in establishing more socialized housing projects nationwide.

“It is our pride that we are your partners in this noble task – to provide shelter for more Filipinos,” Rodriguez stressed.

“As the government provides housing for the poor, the private developers will help build homes that our fellow Filipinos strive to have. DHSUD’s roadmap is SHDA’s roadmap as well and your goals are our goals,” she noted.

NREA Chair-Emerita Marissa del Mar, meanwhile, highlighted DHSUD’s pro-active role in assisting housing developers amid the COVID-19 pandemic and thanked the Department for its efforts in keeping the housing industry afloat despite the health crisis.

“The government has responded with a wide array of measures to protect our tenants, mortgage holders as well as support developers and lenders,” del Mar said. “We can do this together, DHSUD, NREA and all other stakeholders, sama-sama lang po tayo,” she added.

OSHDP President Paolo Giovanni Olivares, on the other hand, lauded DHSUD and its key shelter agencies for their pivotal role in helping provide the public, especially those in the low-income bracket, access to decent and affordable housing amid the ongoing pandemic.

“This month’s celebration reminds us of the continuing partnership with the government through DHSUD and other shelter-related agencies,” the OSHDP head said, noting that the event is likewise special as it coincides with the World Habitat Day.

Finally, CREBA President Noel Carino expressed the association’s support to DHSUD’s housing agenda on behalf of National Board Chairman Charlie Gorayeb, stating that the organization will always be behind the Department in serving the public.

“Despite the challenges of the pandemic, DHSUD, together with the key shelter agencies, have relentlessly embarked in various programs and activities meant to soften the impact of the crisis on the housing sector,” he stated.

Carino likewise praised DHSUD Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario’s brand of leadership, which he stressed serves as an inspiration for CREBA in implementing its housing programs.

Proclamation No. 662 declares the month of October every year as National Shelter Month, recognizing housing as vital to the overall development of the country and enhancement of the social, economic and spiritual well-being of Filipinos.

Themed “Ligtas at Matatag na Tahanan at Pamayanan: Kanlungan sa Gitna ng Pandemya at Nagbabagong Panahon (Safe and Resilient Shelter in the Time of Pandemic and Changing Climate),” the month-long event aims to further highlight the role of DHSUD and its key shelter agencies, as well as partner-developers, in providing access to decent, resilient and affordable shelters to Filipino families, especially amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Lined up for the celebration of the National Shelter Month are a series of housing fairs organized by DHSUD’s bureaus, services and regional offices; KSAs, and partner-developers like online forums and webinars as well as exhibits and virtual learning platforms. (30) — CVC