During this crucial transition period, government agencies have worked hard to ensure the continuity and sustainability of their operations to ensure a seamless public service.
In our case at the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD), this means evaluating our performance, reassessing our current efforts, and planning for the future of the housing sector. Guided by our vision of providing adequate and affordable housing and inclusive human settlements in well-planned communities, we intend to move forward with our successes and learning experiences that we hope will will be useful for the development of the sector in the years to come.
Milestones amid the pandemic
The establishment of DHSUD was a milestone in the management of housing, human settlements and urban development in the country.
While this has been a huge challenge, it has also been a meaningful journey to chart the course for one of our basic needs and rights: housing. As a springboard for our continued efforts, we have successfully developed and adopted the National Housing and Urban Development Sector Plan 2040 (NHUDSP) which will serve as a comprehensive guide for the next lines to follow.
Despite the agency’s birthing pains, I can say with confidence that we have done our job well, having achieved the best performance in annual housing production and financing thanks to the tireless efforts and commitment of our main accommodation agencies, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our average annual production was 197,886 homes, well above previous administrations since 1975. A total of 1,088,373 homes and lots have been produced and financed by the end of 2021. This represents 86% of 1 267,198 housing units targeted under the Philippine Development Plan from 2016 to 2022. With this figure, we will surely exceed our PDP target if 2022 housing production will be added.
Despite budgetary and mobility limitations, our offices, support services and regional offices have painstakingly implemented and executed our programs and projects to the best of their abilities. Our achievements bear witness to the efforts and dedication of our employees.
To facilitate efficient and wise use of our land resources, we have assisted 233 local government units to update and ratify their Comprehensive Land Use Plans and Provincial Land Use and Physical Framework Plans 2020-2021.
With respect to real estate development regulations, we have developed policies and issued guidelines for developers and homebuyers to cushion the negative impact of the pandemic. In total, we have issued 1,437 sales licenses and registration certificates to 36,624 registered dealers, brokers and salespeople over the past two years. Through this, we have provided opportunities for our kababayans to own quality homes while professionalizing the industry.
We are also committed to building not just homes, but sustainable housing communities to empower residents and their associations. As of December 2021, we serve 25,621 registered homeowners associations nationwide and have revised rules and regulations implementing RA 9904 or Magna Carta for homeowners and homeowners associations.
Our journey to organizational development is equally important. From a low occupancy rate of 28%, we now have 65.46% of our human resources workforce, developed and submitted for funding our strategic information systems plan, completed the creation of all our regional offices, streamlined our institutional systems and processes and fully operational. our programs and services down to the regional level. Therefore, a One DHSUD is formed and continues to grow to provide guidance in the housing sector.
We must continually innovate to ensure that our vision of being “a strong institution and catalyst for the provision of adequate and affordable housing, inclusive human settlements, and well-planned communities for every Filipino family” comes to fruition.
Whoever takes up the magnanimous challenge of leading the nation’s housing industry, the NHUDSP 2040 will serve as a model as it is a product of the convergence of efforts of the relevant sectors, armed with strong compassion for the need for shelter of the Filipino people.
For the new administration, I hope they will prioritize in terms of budget allocation for the agency to accomplish more, especially since housing has such a huge social, economic and political impact.
I am confident that all DHSUD staff, along with our public and private sector partners, will work together to fulfill our mission for the country, our housing mandate, and our commitment to having a robust housing sector.
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