DHSUD kicks off National Shelter Month 2021 celebration

QUEZON CITY – The Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) will be kicking off this year’s celebration of the National Shelter Month through a series of activities for the whole month of October.

Carrying the theme “Ligtas at Matatag na Tahanan at Pamayanan: Kanlungan sa Gitna ng Pandemya at Nagbabagong Panahon (Safe and Resilient Shelter in the Time of Pandemic and Changing Climate),” the month-long event aims to further highlight the role of DHSUD and its key shelter agencies in providing access to decent, resilient and affordable shelters to Filipino families, especially amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

No less than DHSUD Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario will spearhead the opening ceremony of the National Shelter Month during the fourth episode of the “Kapihan sa DHSUD: Housing Matters” on Friday together with the Department’s senior officials, led by Undersecretary Marylin Pintor, KSA heads and partners from the private sector. READ MORE

LIVE: National Shelter Month 2021 Opening

Mga Ka-SHFC, sama-sama nating panoorin ang opisyal na pagbubukas ng 2021 National Shelter Month! Kaagapay sina DHSUD Secretary Eduardo D. Del Rosario, Key Shelter Agency heads, at iba pang mga panauhin sa isang pagdiriwang sa tuluy-tuloy na pagtataguyod ng ligtas at matatag na tahanan at pamayanan sa pandemya at nagbabagong panahon.

DHSUD relentless in mandate to build safe, resilient homes

Filipino families, especially those in the low-income bracket, can rely on the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) and its partners for safe and resilient homes.

DHSUD Secretary Eduardo del Rosario underscored the importance of providing shelter against an unseen enemy as the pandemic rages on.

“Let me once again assure you of the DHSUD and its partner agencies’ commitment to improve the lives of every Filipino family through adequate and affordable housing, inclusive human settlements, and well-planned communities,” del Rosario said on Friday as the agency kicked off the celebration of National Shelter Month.

The celebration carries the theme “Ligtas at Matatag na Tahanan at Pamayanan: Kanlungan sa Gitna ng Pandemya at Nagbabagong Panahon (Safe and Resilient Homes and Communities: Refuge Amid the Pandemic and Changing Times)”.

“Now, more than ever, we need resilient shelters not only to stay safe from calamities but to also take refuge from this unseen enemy. These challenges inspired us and our key shelter agencies to come up with the theme for this year’s National Shelter Month celebration,” he added.

The DHSUD and key partners will host a series of activities, such as virtual seminars, forums, and summits, meant to raise public awareness on government housing projects, protect the welfare of homeowners, and property buyers.

All 17 regional offices will host workshops with topics ranging from measures to assist local government units on how to use and craft effective shelters to land use plans.

The agency also holds the “Kapihan sa DHSUD” online forum to regularly engage its stakeholders.

Among the DHSUD’s key shelter agencies are the Pag-IBIG Fund, National Housing Authority (NHA), Social Housing Finance Corp., National Home Mortgage Finance Corp., and Human Settlements Adjudication Commission.

Two weeks ago, the DHSUD, NHA, Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor, Philippine National Railways, Department of Transportation, and the local government of Valenzuela relocated six informal settler families (ISF) living near the railway of San Isidro Labrador in Malinta.

The families are now in Disiplina Village in Barangay Bignay, a resettlement project by Valenzuela for ISF living in danger zones.

The vacated site will be affected by the ongoing North-South Commuter (Clark-Calamba) Railway Project, which is expected to initially operate by the second quarter of 2023. (PNA)

SHFC to resettle 470 Intramuros informal settler families

The Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) Board of Directors has approved the resettlement project for 470 families currently residing under insecure conditions inside the walled city of Intramuros, our priceless national historical landmark.

The Intramuros is also home to San Agustin Church, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Secretary Eduardo del Rosario, Chairman of the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD), left, and Atty. Arnolfo Cabling, President of the Social Housing Finance Corp. (SHFC).

Through a community-driven housing approach, the families have voluntarily decided to resettle in safe and secure homes in a new community chosen by them.

The project has the twin aim of preserving important national cultural heritage while upholding people’s right to adequate housing.The project was presented by Settlements Management Group Vice President Bobby Flores.

SHFC FEATURE: Helping to revive historic Intramuros


A conservation management plan  was developed in early 2019  for the protection of the historic district of Intramuros in the Philippine capital city of Manila. The plan includes the relocation of informal settler families (ISF). 

No more informal settlers in Intramuros’ revived historic look


Gov’t inaugurates more infra projects in Marawi

September 16, 2021

MANILA – The Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) on Thursday said it has inaugurated two mosques and other infrastructure projects in Marawi City.In his three-day visit to the war-torn city, TFBM chairperson Secretary Eduardo del Rosario led the ceremonial opening of the Marinaut Mosque and the… Read More

DHSUD keen on pushing seamless housing deals

 September 9, 2021

MANILA – Developers can now avail of seamless permitting and license processing of housing projects as fast as three to six months, Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) Secretary Eduardo del Rosario said Thursday.Del Rosario said the DHSUD has partnered with the… Read More

Housing policies up for review, revisions

The Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) has created seven sub-technical working groups (STWGs) to revisit housing laws and policies.

Under Special Order No. 2021-076, the STWGs will review the technical standards of Batas Pambansa 220, the law that authorizes the former Ministry of Human Settlements to establish and promulgate different levels of standards and technical requirements for economic and socialized housing projects in urban and rural areas.

The members are DSHUD officials, who must be practicing lawyers and are currently employed under the Housing and Real Estate Development Regulation Bureau, DSHUD’s legal services, and its various regional offices, the agency’s statement said on Saturday.

Each STWG will have at least a month to develop and submit its final drafts of housing policies and guidelines.

Among the STWG chairpersons who are all lawyers are Angelito Aguila to manage housing classification or categorization and its price loan ceilings and review the public rental housing policy; Roberto Mauro Palma Gil for the issuance of temporary license to sell; Michael Victor Tezon for the extension to complete housing projects; Jann Roby Otero for the one-stop processing center; and Richard Manila for guidelines on how balanced housing program is utilized/implemented and the basis for the amount determination.

Each chairperson must ensure that the revisitation of the housing policies and laws would be complete within the year.

“This review is part of our proactive measures to keep the housing sector vibrant and to ensure that all existing policies remain relevant and adaptive to the changing times. We need to update previously issued policies to sustain the gains in the housing and urban development sector,” DHSUD Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario stated. (PNA)


Del Rosario: DHSUD ready to provide housing units to Taal-affected folks

THE Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) on Wednesday said the agency is prepared to provide 950 temporary and permanent shelter units to families affected by the activity of the restive Taal Volcano.

DHSUD said the housing units, which are “readily available,” are located in Sariaya and Tiaong in Quezon province. These units are being offered by the National Housing Authority (NHA).

“The Office of Civil Defense, the Department of the Interior and Local Government, as well as the NHA, have already inspected the housing units and they can be utilized whenever the need arises,” DHSUD Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario said in a news statement. READ MORE

Duterte administration builds resilient, decent houses

 July 24, 2021

MANILA – Filipinos deserve not just better, but the best social services from the government.The Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) is bent on delivering quality service as Secretary Eduardo del Rosario vowed to provide low-cost housing projects for all… Read More

Task force assures Marawi infra works done by December

 June 6, 2021

MANILA – There is a progressive development in the rehabilitation efforts of war-torn Marawi City, particularly in the most devastated area, attested Padoman Paporo, leader of the Lanao del Sur People’s Council (LDSPC).Paporo, lead convenor of civil society organizations (CSOs) that act as… Read More


SHFC RELEASES P228M housing loans in First Quarter

The Social Housing Finance Corporation ( SHFC) reported that it had released loans amounting to P228.8 million through 13 projects under its Community Mortgage Program that benefitted 3,742 ISFs during the first quarter of the year.

SHFC, the government’s lead housing agency implementing the state’s socialized housing program, also rolled out five other housing schemes that helped improve the lives of 8,282 ISF families across the country.

SHFC also highlighted a nearly 84% modified collection efficiency rate as of January 2021 and succeeded in raking in P248.19 million in payment collections as of the end of March this year.

DHSUD Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario and SHFC Presiden tAtty. Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling

The Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development’s (DHSUD) said its key shelter agencies (KSAs) posted significant achievements during the first quarter of the year despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

This was bared during the first National Human Settlements and Urban Development Coordinating Committee meeting spearheaded by DHSUD Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario on Monday, May 31, 2021.

The KSAs – namely the Home Mutual Development Fund or Pag-IBIG Fund, National Housing Authority (NHA), Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) and the National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation (NHMFC) plus the Human Settlements Adjudication Commission (HSAC) – presented their respective accomplishments during the January-March 2021 period. READ MORE