Housing dept pushed over slow ‘Yolanda’ rehab
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.