The Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development or DHSUD is the primary government agency responsible for the management of housing, human settlement and urban development. It was created on February 14, 2019 by virtue of Republic Act 11201.

The Department is the sole and main planning and policy-making, regulatory, program coordination, and performance monitoring entity for all housing, human settlement and urban development concerns, primarily focusing on the access to and affordability of basic human needs.

RA 11201 consolidated the functions of the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council to become DHSUD, except for adjudication, which is now handled by its attached agency, the Human Settlements Adjudication Commission.

The DHSUD also exercises oversight functions on its attached agencies or key shelter agencies – (1) National Housing Authority, which acts as the country’s primary shelter production arm; (2) Home Development Mutual Fund or Pag-IBIG Fund, which focuses on national savings program and affordable shelter financing for Filipino workers; (3) Social Housing Finance Corporation, which undertakes social housing programs catering to the formal and informal settlers belonging to the low-income bracket; and (4) National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation, which ensures the availability of affordable housing loans to finance homebuyers through secondary market for home mortgages.

It has three bureaus that primarily perform policy development, regulatory functions and advisory roles – (1) Environmental, Land Use and Urban Planning and Development Bureau, which performs human settlements planning-related functions including formulation of planning guidelines, national urban development policies and programs, technical assistance to relevant stakeholders and land use monitoring; (2) Housing and Real Estate Development Regulation Bureau, which regulates the development of subdivision and condominium and other real estate projects, including the practice of real estate service by brokers and salespersons, through the formulation, promulgation and imposition of administrative fines and penalties, pursuant to Presidential Decree 957 and Batas Pambansa 220; and (3) Homeowners Association and Community Development Bureau, that formulates policies and programs to be implemented by the regional offices, monitors proper implementation of the approved policies and programs, and capacitates regional offices in empowering the HOAs within their respective jurisdictions.

The Department’s operations are complemented by one technical service, the Public Housing and Human Settlements Service, and seven support services. It also has 16 regional offices strategically located around the country to cater to the needs in the localities.

Guided by dynamism, honesty, service excellence, unity of purpose and dedication, the DHSUD will move forward toward its vision of adequate and affordable housing, inclusive human settlements and well-planned communities for every Filipino family.