Hous­ing dept pushed over slow ‘Yolanda’ re­hab

Manila Times - - News - Yolanda Yolanda JAVIER JOE IS­MAEL

SEN. Joseph Vic­tor Ejercito pushed for the im­me­di­ate en­act­ment into law of his bill that seeks to cre­ate the De­part­ment of Hu­man Set­tle­ments and Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment (DHSUD).

Ejercito on Satur­day cited the sup­pos­edly slow and prob­lem­atic re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of Tacloban City and Leyte prov­ince that were dev­as­tated by the Su­per Typhoon Yolanda on Novem­ber 8, 2013 that killed thou­sands and left hun­dreds of thou­sands more home­less.

an­niver­sary of the tragedy, the vic­tims are still wait­ing and strug­gling for their lives to be back to nor­mal again. But they could hardly move for­ward be­cause, un­til now, they have no per­ma­nent and de­cent homes,” Ejercito, the chair­man of the Se­nate hous­ing com­mit­tee, said in a state­ment.

He added that the snail-paced con­struc­tion of hous­ing units, which were sub­stan­dard in many cases, for the vic­tims was “unac­cept­able and should not sim­i­larly hap­pen to other hous­ing projects.”

Ejercito said the DHSUD would elim­i­nate from the en­tire hous­ing pro­gram of the gov­ern­ment “bu­reau­cratic ills” as well as ad­dress other is­sues that are hound­ing hous­ing and re­lo­ca­tion projects un­der the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

Un­der Se­nate Bill 1578 ti­tled “An Act Cre­at­ing the De­part­ment of Hu­man Set­tle­ments and Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment,” the ad­min­is­tra­tive func­tion of the Hous­ing and Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment Co­or­di­nat­ing Coun­cil and the plan­ning and reg­u­la­tory func­tion of the Hous­ing and Land Use Reg­u­la­tory Board will be con­sol­i­dated un­der the DHSUD.

The DHSUD will act as the sole and main plan­ning and pol­icy-mak­ing, reg­u­la­tory, pro­gram­co­or­di­na­tion and per­for­mance­mon­i­tor­ing en­tity for all hous­ing and ur­ban de­vel­op­ment con­cerns, pri­mar­ily fo­cus­ing on ac­cess to and af­ford­abil­ity of de­cent, af­ford­able and se­cure shel­ter.

“What we need is one hous­ing de­part­ment with one board and work­ing to­ward one di­rec­tion, cre­at­ing the roadmap for hous­ing and ur­ban de­vel­op­ment, lead­ing its im­ple­men­ta­tion, set­ting the gen­eral di­rec­tion for ev­ery­one, and able to fol­low through each and ev­ery project with clear func-

Ejercito pointed out.

He said he would push for im-

bill’s bi­cam­eral con­fer­ence re­port when ses­sion re­sumes on Novem­ber 12.

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