Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development

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The Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD; Filipino: Kagawaran ng Pananahanang Pantao at Pagpapaunlad ng Kalunsuran) is a newly established executive department of the Philippine government tasked with managing housing and related development in the Philippines. The department is headed by a secretary, who is appointed by the president of the Philippines and confirmed by the Commission on Appointments. The secretary is assisted by three undersecretaries and three assistant secretaries, who are likewise appointed by the president, upon the secretary’s recommendation.

History

The law creating the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD), Republic Act No. 11201, was signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte on 14 February 2019 with the signing announced to the public by the government on 19 February 2019. The DHSUD was a merger of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) and the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB), with the former becoming defunct and the latter reorganized as the Human Settlements Adjudication Commission (HSAC). The law was a consolidation of House Bill 6775 and Senate Bill 1578 which were passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on 10 October and 12 November 2018 respectively.[1] The Implement Rules and Regulations (IRR) for RA 11201 was signed on 19 July 2019. A five month transition period will begin with a projected full implementation of the law by 1 January 2020.[2]

Eduardo del Rosario, a Philippine Army veteran, is the first and current secretary of the department.[3]

Bureaus

The department is composed of the following bureaus:[4]

  • Environmental, Land Use and Urban Planning and Development Bureau (ELUPDB)
  • Homeowners Associations and Community Development Bureau (HOACDB)
  • Housing and Real Estate Development Regulation Bureau (HREDRB)

Attached agencies

The following government agencies and corporations are attached to the department for policy and program coordination:[5]

  • Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF, but popularly known as Pag-IBIG Fund)
  • National Housing Authority (NHA)
  • National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation (NHMFC)
  • Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC)

References

  1. "Duterte signs into law measure creating Housing department", BusinessWorld, 19 February 2019. 
  2. "IRR signed for law on Dept of Human Settlements", BusinessMirror, 22 July 2019. 
  3. "Duterte names heads of Housing Department, PHL Space Agency", GMA News, 7 January 2020. 
  4. "Salient points of RA 11201", Inquirer.net, 23 February 2019. 
  5. "Duterte signs into law bill establishing Human Settlements Department", Philippine Daily Inquirer, 19 February 2019.