As the principal sponsor and author, I am sincerely thankful to President Duterte for signing into law the measure creating the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development, or DHSUD, now Republic Act No. 11201.


Truth is, my belief, ever since, that the President would sign this had made me aggressive and resolute in pushing for this landmark legislation.


Ang DHSUD ang katuparan ng pangarap ng bawat pamilyang Pilipino na walang tirahan na magkaroon ng disente at maayos na tahanan dahil ang ahensiyang ito ang magtitiyak ng mabilis at maayos na implementasyon ng programang pabahay ng pamahalaan.


The DHSUD will better address the housing problems of the country, specifically, housing backlog in relation to housing production, increasing number of informal settlers at risk, and the poor implementation of existing housing laws.


In a nutshell, the DHSUD will consolidate the administrative function of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council and the planning and regulatory functions of the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board.


The department will act as the sole and main planning and policy-making, regulatory, program coordination, and performance monitoring entity for all housing and urban development concerns, primarily focusing on the access to and affordability of decent and secure shelter.


Dahil sa batas na ito, salamat kay Presidente Duterte, we will now have a one housing department at the helm of the housing program of the government that will create the roadmap for housing and urban development, lead in its implementation, set the general direction, and monitor each and every project with clear policies. #####