By Arwen Pascua
MANILA — To intensify promotion of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr.’s Pambansang Pabahay Para sa Pilipino: Zero ISF 2028 Program, this year’s National Shelter Month exhibit showcased model houses that highlight building resiliency and sustainability for in-city and vertical housing development and alternative secure housing tenures.
The Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD), headed by Secretary Jose Rizalino Acuzar, on Monday opened the 2022 NSM Exhibit at the Central Office, commencing the series of culminating activities to wrap up this year’s NSM with the theme “Abot kayang pabahay tungo sa panatag na buhay,” in support of PBBM’s housing program which aims to construct 1 million housing units per year in the next six years.
DHSUD Officer-in-Charge Undersecretary Garry De Guzman, in his opening remarks, reiterated the government’s commitment to close the country’s housing backlog pegged at more than 6.5 million units and stressed the importance of stakeholders’ support, both from the public and private sectors.
He sought the commitment of representatives from the Subdivision and Housing Developers Association (SHDA), Organization of Socialized and Economic Housing Developers PH (OSHDP), Chamber of Real Estate and Builders’ Association Inc. (CREBA) and National Real Estate Association (NREA) to actively participate in the administration’s priority housing program.
“If we divide the work, we can produce the 6 million in six years. If we are working together, and we are putting our resources together, we can produce that 6 million para sa mahihirap nating kababayan,” he said.
He disclosed that the Department is currently working with some developers to come up with standard designs for the 30, 20 and 5-storey buildings, ensuring uniformity in the specifications of the Pambansang Pabahay housing units.
Representatives from SHDA, OSHDP, CREBA and NREA gave their messages of support and commitment to help fulfill the shared goal of ensuring that every Filipino will have a house of their own.
Atty. Angelito Aguila, OIC-Director of the Housing and Real Estate Development Regulation Bureau, walked the attendees through the exhibit booths, which also feature the products and services of DHSUD’s key shelter agencies and several homeowners’ livelihoods.
Various activities were prepared by DHSUD central and regional offices throughout the month such as caravans, housing fairs, and webinars to further disseminate information on PBBM’s housing program.
The NSM is set to culminate on Friday, 27 October 2022, with the unveiling of the DHSUD building marker and a press conference with Secretary Acuzar, other key officials of DHSUD, and Bacolod City Mayor Albee Benitez. (ai/mtvn)