GIVEN the still mushrooming number of homeless people across the Philippines, there’s now that urgent need to have a national consensus on the best solution to growing homelessness.
Indeed, a concrete “plan of action” is required to carry out an effective national housing program for the benefit of the millions of homeless Filipinos, including low-salaried workers.
We, thus, commend the National Human Settlements Board (NHSB) for adopting three resolutions designed to develop sustainable and resilient housing programs in the Philippines.
NHSB Resolution No. 2020-01 sets the rules that govern the board’s affairs and provides the procedures relating to the participation of stakeholders’ representatives as observers and non-voting members.
It also mandates the creation of a technical working committee (TWC) for the housing sector.
Resolution No. 2020-02, on the other hand, mandates the setting up of a committee composed of representatives from member-departments and attached agencies of NHSB and concerned DHSUD bureaus and services.
NHSB Resolution No. 2020-03 outlines the guidelines and procedures for the nomination, selection and appointment of stakeholders’ representatives to the TWC.
As secretary of the new Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD), retired military M/Gen. Eduardo D. del Rosario chairs the 11-member NHSB.
Aside from the DHSUD, the other members of the NHSB are DOF, DBM, NEDA, DPWH, DILG, Home Development Fund, NHA, National Home Mortgage Finance Corp., Social Housing Finance Corp and Home Settlements Adjudication Commission.
The DHSUD targets to synchronize the planning and implementation of the housing programs and projects among national government agencies, LGUs and the private sector.
We agree with well-meaning Filipinos that there’s now a need to come up with highly-effective housing programs considering the increasing backlog of dwelling units in the country.