Committed to ensuring the success of their centerpiece housing project, Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) Secretary Jose Rizalino Acuzar has engaged community and cause-oriented groups in an open dialogue for President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s Pambansang Pabahay para sa Pilipino Program.
Leaders and representatives from various cause-oriented groups namely Renato Reyes Jr. of BAYAN, Satur Ocampo of Bayan Muna, Estrelita Bagasbas of Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay), Mary Joy Guevarra of Gabriela, Jaime Valdez of Anak Pawis, Maria Fe Hullipaz of Samahang Maralita sa Temporary Housing-Tondo Chapter, and Andrea Trinidad of Urban Poor Coordinating Council-National Capital Region attended the meeting at the DHSUD Central Office on Thursday.
Secretary Acuzar presented the administration’s plan to address the 6.5 million housing need in the country through the Pambansang Pabahay para sa Pilipino Program.
The project aims to build six million housing units in the next six years.
During the dialogue, the groups have shared their first-hand experiences of relocating to government housing projects and provided insights for consideration in program implementation.
They further expressed appreciation of the program’s strategies, noting the program’s sustainability.
KADAMAY-Southern Tagalog meanwhile, requested for a separate meeting to further discuss their interest to participate in the flagship housing program, which Secretary Acuzar approved.
“This dialogue is a testament of our administration’s flagship housing program’s inclusivity. We, at DHSUD, recognize and value each sector of the economy. When we conceptualized the program, we had everyone in mind. You have my word—every Filipino family can avail of this program,” said Secretary Acuzar.
With the growing interest in the housing program, Acuzar reiterated his openness to dialogue with all who wish to participate.
“DHSUD remains open to everyone who wants to join the Pambansang Pabahay Program. Let us all work together to ensure that this housing program succeeds,” he added.