Underlining the critical need for safe, adequate housing amidst the alarming surge in the number of COVID-19 cases, Habitat for Humanity Philippines, together with the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) and the Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter, brought together local chief executives to exchange insights on how they address the housing need in their city in the second BAHAYnihan Online Forum on March 17, 2021.
Moderated by veteran broadcast journalist and social advocate Karen Davila, the forum featured successfully planned and implemented housing programs of the LGUs. Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte highlighted the implementation of in-city relocation program and how it contributed to informal settler families’ overall welfare. Mayor Renato Gustilo of San Carlos City, Negros Occidental showcased the city’s comprehensive development plan and holistic approach to housing and community empowerment. Representing Mayor Jonas Cortes of Mandaue City, Cebu was Housing and Urban Development Office Head Tony Pet Juanico, who spoke about the city’s resettlement programs for low-income families. Opening the forum, DHSUD Sec. Eduardo Del Rosario emphasized that housing is a right and encouraged support from different sectors.
In partnership with BCI Asia, Fairbuilding Network, and JS Unitrade Merchandise Inc., the BAHAYnihan Online Forum aims to serve as a platform for stakeholders, key industry players, and experts to tackle the most pressing housing issues that the country faces today. It also seeks to present solutions to help improve the lives of Filipino families through decent shelter.