The House of Representatives has approved a bill that seeks to create a Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development that will be responsible for providing adequate housing. The House, through a 193-6 vote, approved House Bill 6775 that will merge the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council and Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board to form the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development. It will also establish Socialized Housing One-Stop Processing Centers in the regions tasked to centralize the processing and issuance of all required housing-related permits, clearances, and licenses. “This will establish an efficient, effective, comprehensive and integrated national and local housing development program,” the Committee Report on the measure read. “Likewise, the bill will rationalize and coordinate the functions and powers of the National Home Mortgage Corporation, Home Guaranty Corporation (HGC), Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF) and National Housing Authority, (NHA),” it added.
Source: Manila Times February 14, 2018 16:07 UTC