A party-list solon has joined in pushing for the creation of a separate agency that will focus in resolving housing problems.
1PACMAN party-list Rep. Mikee Romero filed House Bill 3639 to express concern on a report that at least 25 percent of the country’s population is still homeless.
Romero underscored the need to have a Department of Housing and Urban Development.
To date, the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) is under the Office of the President.
With the 5.5 million backlog in housing, Romero is urging his colleagues to include the housing bill on the priorities on the 17th Congress.
“The enormous and increasing number of housing backlogs require a more concentrated government intervention that effectively sets and implements policy directions on housing and urban development,” Romero said.
The proposed law aimed at unifying the functions of the HUDCC with the planning and regulatory functions of the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board.
Under the bill, key shelter agencies such as National Housing Authority (NHA), Home Guaranty Corp., National Home Mortgage Finance Corp., Home Development and Mutual Fund and the Social Housing Finance Corp. will be attached to one department.
Romero stressed that with the consolidation of various functions of housing agencies, the DHUD is expected to effectively execute policies that would best address the 5.5 million housing backlog, that includes an estimated 590,000 informal settler families.
The party-list solon stressed that there were “institutional” weaknesses that have been noted under the current set up of HLURB, HUDCC and other agencies to operate independently.
“The creation of the DHUD will address the absence of an adequate and coherent institutional set up that formulates and implements a comprehensive, integrated, inclusive and sustainable management of the housing and urban development sector,” Romero added.
The proposed department is tasked to formulate a national and urban development and housing policy and strategy and exercise the lead role in supervising and integrating all government activities relative to urban development,the solon said.