Housing sector

Government cites active role of women in housing sector

(Image courtesy of DHSUD)

MANILA – The Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) on Thursday pledged to continue advocating for safe spaces for women in the housing sector.

At the culmination of Women’s Month, DHSUD celebrated three “Deserving Women Leaders” of Homeowners Associations (HOAs) – in recognition “of their notable contributions and remarkable achievements” as partners in the housing industry. housing in community and nation building. .

“As we recognize the Women Leaders of Homeowners Associations (HOAs) who exemplify the values ​​and characteristics of an empowered ‘Juana’. They are a great example of how women initiate and create meaningful change in their communities and serve as essential pillars of community development, DHSUD Secretary Eduardo del Rosario said during the virtual awards event.

The “Natatanging HOAnaThe winners are Gloria Palowan of Idogan HOA, Inc. in Luzon; Mildred dela Peña of Rosal HOA, Inc. in the Visayas; and Cirila Balatero of Sunshineville HOA, Inc. in Mindanao.

Del Rosario said DHSUD will continue to support ongoing efforts in promoting gender and development policy in its operations.

“I am pleased to report that to date, no harassment cases have been brought before the committee. It just goes to show that we’ve been successful in creating safe spaces for women in our department, who, in fact, dominate our workforce,” Del Rosario said, noting that 425 of DHSUD’s 741 staff members are women. women.

“It was truly a meaningful month where we saw and recognized the positive impact of women not only in DHSUD but also in our communities,” he added.

The recognition activity, which was led by the DHSUD Homeowners Association and the Community Development Office, aims to promote and empower women to be leaders and influencers in the community.

It also recognizes the efforts of these women to address issues related to HOAs and increase the capacity of HOAs to promote, protect and fulfill women’s rights.

With that, del Rosario called on all DHSUD staff “to continue to recognize the growing unique needs of women in the workplace.”

The Philippines celebrates National Women’s Month every March.

In support, DHSUD conducted month-long activities including online forums and trainings, beauty and wellness day, social media, and Purple Tuesday promotion campaigns for women. (NAP)