Wed. May 25th, 2022

Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) Secretary Eduardo del Rosario said the provision of quality shelter-related assistance is the housing sector’s trademark under the Duterte administration.

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“We are more than proud to say that under the Duterte administration, we have recorded the highest ever annual production and financing of housing units since 1975. We accomplished all these inspired by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s strong-willed, pro-people leadership, and despite all odds, particularly the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic,” del Rosario said.

Del Rosario said DHSUD has always been adamant in delivering its promise to provide low-income Filipino families with access to decent, sustainable, resilient, and affordable housing units.

“The Department has three main housing principles. First is that shelter is a right while home-ownership is an option. Second is that DHSUD does not just build houses, but also sustainable communities. Lastly, the Department ensures that no substandard housing is built under the Duterte administration,” he said.

Del Rosario said the DHSUD and its key shelter agencies (KSAs), including the Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG Fund), National Housing Authority, Social Housing Finance Corporation, and the National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation, have “religiously” implemented these principles to heed Duterte’s directive of prioritizing the underprivileged.

For the past five years, Del Rosario said the DHSUD and its key shelter agencies have been putting a premium on establishing safe and resilient housing communities to empower the marginalized beneficiaries with their own houses at low cost.

“We want to secure the future of our home dwellers especially the underprivileged and marginalized, eventually upholding their dignity and pride,” he added.

From July 2016 to December 2021, the DHSUD achieved the highest performance in annual housing production and financing, accomplishing an average of 188,800 housing units per year.

DHSUD and its KSAs produced and financed 1.038 million housing units, built based on quality standards set by the government.

Del Rosario said the approval of the 20-year National Housing and Urban Development Sector Plan is also one of the notable accomplishments of the department under the Duterte administration.

The roadmap seeks to institutionalize plans and strategies which were crafted in close collaboration with all stakeholders of the housing and private sectors.

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