Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Friday said he will work out legislation that addresses the 7 million housing backlog even as he welcomed the creation of the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD).
“As the voice of our countrymen and possible chairman of the Committee on Housing and Urban Planning, Housing, and Resettlement in the Senate, I will continue to support your and President Duterte’s housing programs,” Go said during the signing ceremony for Republic Act 11201 creating the DHSUD at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria in Quezon City.
“To accomplish this goal, I filed last week the National Housing Development, Production and Financing Bill that seeks to cut the 7 million backlog on housing in the country,” he added.
The measure, Senate Bill (SB) 203, aims to ensure adequate funds for relevant government agencies.
“It will increase funding of agencies like the National Housing Authority and DHSUD to meet the housing needs of our countrymen,” said Go.
DHSUD merges the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) and the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB). President Duterte signed the DHSUD law on 14 February 2019.
DHSUD now acts “as the primary national government entity responsible for the management of housing, human settlement and urban development.”
Go was delighted with the creation of the department because it would ensure that Filipinos have shelthers in times of need.
“At last finding other strategies and mechanisms that will ensure no Filipinos are without a home will finally be prioritized,” he said.
Go added that the signing of the IRR of the DHSUD will pave way for the construction and awarding of the remaining housing units of supertyphoon Yolanda victims at the soonest possible time.
Aside from the DHSUD, the senator said other government efforts to address homelessness are the provision of housing for soldiers and police, the reconstruction of Marawi City, constuction of housing units for typhoon victims in Tacloban City.
“The Duterte administration has always been committed to ensuring that every Filipino has a home,” Go said. “Just this year, President Duterte led the groundbreaking ceremony of housing projects for the police and military personnel in Tarlac, Negros Occidental, Davao and other parts of the country.
“Last year, the government furnished the Master Development Plan which contains our strategy and approach in the rehabilitation, reconstruction, and recovery of Marawi City. While in January, the government has turned over transitional shelters to the Local Government Unit of Marawi,” he added.
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