DHSUD reminds public to inquire ‘Pambansang Pabahay’ details only from proper gov’t channels

DHSUD reminds public to inquire ‘Pambansang Pabahay’ details only from proper gov’t channels

By Arwen Pascua

MANILA — Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) Secretary Jose Rizalino Acuzar reminded the public on Sunday (08 January 2023) to inquire about the details of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr.’s Pambansang Pabahay Para sa Pilipino Program only from proper government channels.

The public reminder is a proactive measure by DHSUD to ensure that those interested to avail of the program are well-informed by proper authorities and not misled by unauthorized groups or individuals.

“Let me stress that no private individuals or groups are authorized to act on behalf of DHSUD with regards to ‘Pambansang Pabahay’,” said Secretary Acuzar.

“We are ready to take appropriate action to any report of an unscrupulous act,” he added.

The housing czar said that apart from the DHSUD, the public may inquire about the details of the program only from local government units (LGUs) and the department’s key shelter agencies, namely, the Home Development Mutual Fund or Pag-IBIG Fund, the Social Housing Finance Corporation, the National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation, and the National Housing Authority.

“Tayo po’y magsama-sama at magtulung-tulong sa hangaring matupad ang pangarap ng bawat pamilyang Pilipino na magkaroon ng sariling tahanan na disente, ligtas at abot-kaya,” Secretary Acuzar urged.

So far, the DHSUD has signed 49 Memoranda of Understanding with various LGUs from all over the country since the launch of “Pambansang Pabahay” last September. Of these, 12 had already broken ground.

Secretary Acuzar has expressed optimism that the program will go full blast this year as he expects the commencement of actual construction within the first semester of 2023.

Under the program, the DHSUD is tasked to build one million houses annually in the next six years to address the country’s housing backlog pegged at more than 6.5 million units. (ai/mtvn)

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