Housing dept plots 20-year roadmap

The Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) is preparing a 20-year housing and urban development strategic plan and roadmap aimed at providing adequate and affordable housing units for all Filipinos.

Housing czar Eduardo del Rosario said the DHSUD proposed to craft the National Housing Strategic Plan, which intends “to accelerate the building of high quality but affordable housing projects for Filipinos in partnership with the private sector.”

He said the proposed strategic plan and roadmap will be implemented through short, medium, and long-term programs and projects covering a 20-year period.

“Our strategic plan will serve as the blueprint of the government’s long-term program aimed not only in addressing the housing gap with affordable, decent and sustainable communities but more importantly, it sets the standards in human settlements and urban development,” del Rosario said in a statement.

The strategic plan and roadmap will be anchored with the National Economic Development Authority’s (NEDA) AmBisyon Natin 2040, he said.

“This roadmap will further boost the Duterte administration’s flagship BALAI (Building Adequate, Livable, Affordable and Inclusive) Filipino Housing Program and institutionalizes effective shelter delivery strategies,” he added.

DHSUD will also re-examine all those existing policies, rules, and regulations related to housing and urban development.

“We will streamline those existing guidelines and processes to strengthen the housing industry,” he added.

Del Rosario believes that the housing industry can also be a tool to revive the economy amid the prevailing health crisis.

“By reinvigorating real estate activities, we can immediately trigger economic movements in the construction supply chain that will benefit millions of Filipino workers and help the national government sustain the efforts to defeat Covid-19,” he said.

Del Rosario directed the technical working group to include some representatives from the country’s four major developers’ groups during the crafting of the roadmap–to ensure the policies, rules, and regulations are “inclusive”.

“While we are experiencing birth pains, we have started moving forward and have gained positive momentum by forging stronger ties with our partner-developers. Engagement with the private sector is a key strategy in achieving our national goals,” he said. (PNA)

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