By Cai Ordinario, June 13, 2022; Business Mirror

The Duterte administration was able to build 1.08 million housing units as of the end of 2021, according to the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD).

However, the DHSUD said this was only 86 percent of the housing targets set in the country’s medium term socioeconomic blueprint, the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2016-2022.

Nonetheless, DHSUD said the outgoing administration was able to improve the annual housing production of the country to 197,886 every year, the highest among previous administrations since 1975.

“We must continuously innovate to ensure that our vision to be 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 light,” del Rosario said.

The DHSUD also assisted 233 local government units in updating and ratifying their Comprehensive Land Use Plans and Provincial Development and Physical Framework Plans, data from the agency showed.

“Finalizing these key pacts indicates the government’s devotion in promoting effective land utilization towards ensuring national progress without causing harm to the environment,” del Rosario noted.

The DHSUD also crafted real estate development policies and issued directives to cushion the impact of the pandemic, according to the agency.

The DHSUD issued 1,437 Licenses to Sell and Certificates of Registration to 36,624 dealers, brokers and salespersons registered with the Department in the last two years.

The DHSUD also implemented various measures to further professionalize the housing industry. And currently, it is serving 25,621 registered homeowners associations nationwide.

Revising the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Magna Carta for HOAs was, likewise, among the Department’s priorities following its creation.

With regards to advancing its overall operationalization, management has filled up 65.46 percent of its workforce, crafted and submitted for funding its Information Systems Strategic Plan and completed the establishment of its 16 regional offices, each fully capable of carrying out DHSUD’s housing programs and policies.
The Department likewise succeeded in strengthening partnerships with LGUs and private developers through finalization of various memorandums of agreement, some of which paved the way for the construction of several evacuation centers in line with government efforts to boosting the country’s disaster preparedness.