Issue of September 1, 2019
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300 participants converge in North Luzon housing summit
by Redjie Melvic Cawis / PIA

This mountain resort hosted the first North Luzon Housing Summit which opened on Aug. 30 and will culminate today, Sept. 1.

The Housing Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB) and the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council, now known as the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD), in coordination with key shelter agencies and real estate organizations in Northern Luzon held a housing summit with the theme “Developing real estate competency by keeping abreast with the times.”

More than 300 participants from Regions 1, 2 and the Cordillera Administrative Region participated in the event which aimed to update the stakeholders and the public on the significance of land as the platform of human activities especially human settlements including housing as an important component in developing safe, healthy and sustainable environment.
The summit included discussions on sustainable shelter development, financing and mortgage system and became a venue for exhibits of approved projects, housing construction technology and others.

“The summit is consistent with our direction in our department that we would like to engage our stakeholders that everybody have to do their part in order to develop the housing sector,” HLURB Northern Luzon Regional Officer Jann Roby Otero said in a press conference, Aug. 28.

The formal opening of the summit last Aug. 30 started with the promotion of projects and a housing fair at the Malcolm Square.

Topics discussed  during the summit were Republic Act 11201 or the law that the DHSUD, factors influencing the provision of housing in the Philippines, partnership program of the NHA and local government units, update on socialized housing compliance, updates on policies and programs in relation to house financing, health consequences of inadequate housing, and role of real estate developers in nation building.

DHSUD was also launched as the newest department of the national government. 

DHSUD is responsible for managing housing, human settlement and urban development. Implementing rules of the DHSUD was approved on July 19.

Participants are real estate developers, brokers and other entities and related professions from the government sector  including the Home Development Mutual Fund, NHA with the support of the Association of Real Estate Developers of Region 1, Organization of Socialized Economic Housing Developers of the Philippines-North Luzon Chapter, Chamber of Real Estate and Builders’ Association, Metro Pangasinan Real Estate Board, National Real Estate Association of Baguio-Benguet and the Real Estate Brokers Association of the Philippines.

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