The Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) is a government agency in the Philippines responsible for addressing the country’s housing needs and promoting sustainable urban development. It was established on February 14, 2019, through Republic Act No. 11201, which merged the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) and the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB).
DHSUD’s primary objectives include:
- Housing Development: DHSUD is tasked with formulating and implementing policies, plans, and programs that aim to provide adequate and affordable housing for the Filipino people. This includes initiatives for socialized housing, low-cost housing, and other housing programs targeting different income brackets.
- Urban Development: The department works on promoting sustainable urban development practices, including land use planning, infrastructure development, and environmental management in urban areas. It focuses on creating livable and resilient communities.
- Regulatory Functions: DHSUD oversees and regulates the real estate and housing industry in the Philippines. It ensures that housing developers comply with standards, regulations, and codes related to construction and land use.
- Community Development: DHSUD is involved in community development efforts, including livelihood programs, skills training, and social services aimed at improving the overall well-being of residents in housing communities.
- Policy Formulation: The department formulates policies related to housing, urban development, and land use planning. It plays a key role in shaping the government’s approach to addressing housing challenges and creating sustainable urban environments.
DHSUD collaborates with various government agencies, local government units, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector to achieve its goals. Its work is crucial in addressing the housing backlog and ensuring that all Filipinos have access to decent and affordable housing.