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House passes bill creating housing department

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The House of Representatives approved on Tuesday the bill creating the “Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development” which would address the basic housing needs and requirements of Filipino families.

Voting 193-6 without abstentions, the chamber passed House Bill 6775 on third and final reading.

The proposed department shall consolidate the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) and the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB).

According to the bill, the department shall act as the “primary national government entity responsible for the management of housing, human settlements and urban development.”

The department shall be the sole and main planning and policy-making, regulatory, program coordination, and performance monitoring entity for all housing, human settlement and urban development concerns, primarily focusing on access to and affordability of basic human needs.

It shall develop and adopt a national strategy to immediately address the provision of adequate and affordable housing to all Filipinos and to ensure the alignment of the policies, programs, and projects of all its attached agencies to facilitate the achievement of this objective.

The department shall be headed by a Secretary and assisted by four Undersecretaries and four Assistant Secretaries to be appointed by the President.

It shall exercise administrative supervision over the following agencies: National Housing Authority; Home Guaranty Corporation; National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation; Home Development Mutual Fund; and Social Housing Finance Corporation.