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Kabayan party-list: Why is there no Department of Human Settlements Secretary yet?

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Almost 10 months since the signing of a law creating the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Planning, there is still no sign of a secretary to lead the new agency.

“Dapat sana meron na tayong DHSUP Secretary na nakatutok na rin sa disaster response and recovery operations for residential areas,” said Kabayan party-list Rep. Ron Salo.

In a statement, Salo, House author of Republic Act 11201, noted that the new department has disaster preparation and recovery mandates.

“We do not yet have a Department of Disaster Resilience but we should already have a Department of Human Settlements and Urban Planning which was given certain mandates on disaster resilience and recovery, particularly those relating to housing concerns,” he said.

“It has been 10 months since the DHSUP charter was signed into law, but we do not yet have a DHSUP Secretary nor do we have any semblance of the new department taking shape,” Salo said.

Salo said, “the HUDCC chairman (Eduardo del Rosario) should update Congress very soon of the status of the DHSUP and inform the legislators of any and all problems that may be delaying the full implementation of RA 11201.”

“Ten months is more than enough time for the implementing rules and the reorganization of the government housing sector into the new DHSUP,” he said.

“In fact, RA 11201 provides a six-month deadline for the transition. It is already four months after that deadline, which is in violation of the express provision of the law,” Salo said.

“Sa ngayon malinaw na paliwanag at detalyadong report muna ang kailangan natin mula sa HUDCC. Kailangan nating malaman ang sitwasyon,” he added.

“Sayang ‘yung panahon. Sampung buwan na ang lumipas, wala man lang opisyal na impormasyon tungkol sa estado ng implementasyon ng RA 11201,” Salo said.

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