On June 6, the Senate approved on second reading Senate Bill 3199 that seeks to create the Department of Housing and Urban Development (DHUD) as a new line department in the executive branch. Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Urban Planning, Housing and Resettlement, sponsored the said bill.
The DHUD is intended to consolidate policy-making and coordinating the functions of the present HUDCC and the planning and regulatory functions of the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB). It shall be the sole and main planning and policy-making, regulatory, program coordination, and performance monitoring entity for all housing and urban development concerns, and to which certain agencies and government corporations involved in housing, such as the National Housing Authority, shall be attached.
“SB 3199 is in accordance to the State policy of pursuing the realization of a modern, humane, economically viable and environmentally sustainable society where the urbanization process is manifest in towns and cities being centers of productive economic activity, through partnerships with multi-stakeholders. This seeks to provide affordable housing, sustainable physical and social infrastructure and services facilitated under a democratic and decentralized system of governance in the urban areas where urban areas provide the opportunities for an improved quality of life and eradication of poverty,” said Senator Marcos.
“The need to pass this bill is urgent as there is an exigent need for an integrated housing agency that is responsive to perennial housing needs and problems,” emphasized Senator Marcos. He expressed confidence that his colleagues in the Senate “have seen the wisdom of the bill” and have been convinced to support it.