The National Human Settlements Board (NHSB) hits the ground running with the approval of three resolutions that will pave the way for resiliency and sustainability in the housing sector.

During its inaugural meeting, heads and representatives from government agencies which comprise the NHSB, approved the Internal Rules of the National Human Settlements Board (NHSB Resolution No. 2020-01), the Creation of the National Human Settlements Board Technical Working Committee (NHSB Resolution No. 2020-02) and the Guidelines and Procedures for the Nomination of Stakeholders’ Representatives to the National Human Settlements Board Technical Working Committee (NHSB Resolution No. 2020-03).

“Having established these three resolutions will serve as NHSB’s backbone and ensure that all proposals put forward would have been studied thoroughly and have the corresponding support and represented by various stakeholders in the housing sector,” NHSB Chairperson and Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario said.

NHSB Resolution No. 2020-01 establishes the rules that govern the affairs of the Board and sets the procedures relating to the execution of its meetings provides for the participation of stakeholders’ representatives as observers and non-voting members. It also mandates the creation of a Technical Working Committee (TWC).

NHSB Resolution No. 2020-02 provides for the creation of a TWC to assist the NSHB in the review of policy and program. The TWC is composed of representatives from member departments and attached agencies of NHSB and concerned bureaus and services of DHSUD. It also provides venue for the participation of stakeholders’ representatives from various sectors.

Finally, NHSB Resolution No. 2020-03 outlines the guidelines and procedures for the nomination, selection, and appointment of stakeholders’ representatives to the TWC. It sets the criteria for screening of nominees and identifies the relevant sectors that must be represented, such as private real estate developers, academe, federation of homeowners’ associations and Civil Society Organizations or People’s Organizations.
Aside from the DHSUD, the NHSB is composed of ten other member departments and key shelter agencies: Department of Finance, Department of Budget and Management, the National Economic and Development Authority, the Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Home Development Mutual Fund, National Housing Authority, National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation, Social Housing Finance Corporation and Human Settlements Adjudication Commission.

 “We recognize the need to synchronize the planning and implementation of programs and projects of national government agencies, local government units, and the private sector that significantly impact the way our towns and cities develop,” Secretary Del Rosario said.

After the NHSB approved the resolutions, they are still subject to a five working days’ grace period. If there are no amendments within the grace period, they are then deemed approved. -30-