Duterte Signs Law Creating the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development

Recognizing the need for the underprivileged and homeless Filipino to have access to safe and affordable housing, President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law Republic Act No. 11201 creating the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD).

The said law provides that the State, in cooperation with the private sector, undertake a continuing program of housing and urban development that shall make decent housing and basic services available to underprivileged and homeless citizens in urban centers and resettlement areas at an affordable cost.

Furthermore, it says that the State shall ensure that poor dwellers in urban and rural areas will not be evicted or their dwelling be demolished, except in accordance with law.

The Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD)

Acting as the primary national government entity which will be responsible for the management of housing, human settlement, and urban development, the newly-created department will formulate national housing and urban development policies, strategies, and standards promoting social and economic welfare. These policies shall be consistent with the Philippine Development Plan.


Moreover, R.A. 11201 mandates the DHSUD to focus on the access and affordability of basic, decent shelters and to formulate housing finance and production policies

Responsible for establishing a One-Stop Housing Processing Centers in the regions, DHSUD will consolidate the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) and the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB). The said effort will address the need to centralize the processing of housing-related documents.


The creation of DHSUD abolishes HUDCC and reconstitutes the HLURB into Human Settlements Adjudication Commission (HSAC). In doing so, the law also creates the National Human Settlements Board which will facilitate the transfer of the function of the HLURB to the HSAC.

The DHSUD will have the National Housing Authority (NHA), the National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation (NHMFC), the Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF), and the Social Housing Finance Corporation as it attached agencies.


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