SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau
The House of Representatives ratified the bicameral conference committee report on the reconciled version of House Bill 6775 and Senate Bill 1578, which seeks to create a Department of Human Settlement and Urban Development (DHSUD) to address the housing needs and concerns of Filipinos.
HB 6775 is principally authored by Rep. Mariano Michael Velarde Jr. (Party-list, Buhay) while SB 1578 is mainly authored by Senator Joseph Victor "JV" Ejercito.
The proposed DHSUD shall take over the functions of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) and the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB) and act as the primary agency responsible for the management of housing, human settlements and urban development.
The DHSUD shall be the sole and main planning and policy-making, regulatory, program coordinator, and performance monitoring agency for all housing, human settlement and urban development concerns, primarily focusing on the access to and the affordability of basic human needs.
It shall develop and adopt a national strategy to immediately address the provision of adequate and affordable housing to all Filipinos, and shall ensure the alignment of policies, programs, and projects of all its attached agencies to facilitate the achievement of the objective.
It shall be composed of the 1) Office of the Secretary; and 2) bureaus of policy development, coordination, monitoring and evaluation, environmental land use, urban planning and development, housing and real estate development regulation, as well as the homeowners association and community development.
Meanwhile, the National Human Settlement Board shall be composed of the Secretary of the DHSUD, and the heads of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Department of Finance (DoF), Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), National Housing Authority (NHA), Home Guaranty Cooperation (HGC), National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation (NHMFC), Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF), and the Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC).
The DHSUD shall exercise administrative supervision over the following agencies such as, the NHA, NHMFC, HDMF and SHFC, which shall remain to be attached to it for purposes of policy and program coordination, monitoring and evaluation.
Section 2 of the reconciled bill declares that the State shall, pursuant to Section 9, Article XIII of the Constitution, ensure that underprivileged and homeless citizens have access to an adequate, safe, secure, habitable, sustainable resilient and affordable home.
In addition, the State shall encourage on-site development in the implementation of housing programs and shall promote the creation of new settlements and development of sustainable urban renewal programs while guaranteeing the prevention of agricultural lands necessary for food security.
The HUDCC, HLURB, DBM and the Civil Service Commission (CSC), in coordination with the NHA, NHMFC, NDMF and other concerned agencies shall prepare and issue the implementing rules and regulations of the department within 30 days upon the effectivity of the Act.
The amount necessary for the initial implementation of the provisions of the Act shall be charged against the current year’s appropriations of the HUDCC and HLURB.
Thereafter, such amount as may be necessary for the continued implementation of the Act shall be included in the annual General Appropriations Act (GAA).
The DHSUD shall include in its proposed budget the necessary amount to enable it to achieve its mandate of providing adequate and affordable housing to all Filipinos. | Eddie Galvez