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Duterte appoints housing secretary, space agency chief

Jan 07, 2020 - 5:20 PM

HUDCC chief Eduardo del Rosario will head the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development while DOST's Joel Marciano Jr will lead the Philippine Space Agency

HOUSING SECRETARY. New Housing Secretary Eduardo del Rosario also serves as Marawi rehab czar. Screenshot from Rappler talk

New housing department wants P47.5-billion budget in 2020

Sep 24, 2019 - 3:35 PM

Senator Francis Tolentino proposes that housing funds under other agencies be consolidated under the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development instead

HIGHER BUDGET. DHSUD Secretary Eduardo del Rosario at the proposed 2020 budget of Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development and its attached agencies. September 24, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

New law creates Department of Housing and Urban Development

Feb 19, 2019 - 4:20 PM

The new department replaces the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council and the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board

On a personal initiative, Marawi City Majul Gandamra, his fami ly and friends donated 46 hectares of land for settlements, consisting of temporary shelters in Bo. Boganga. Photo by Ayunan G. Gunting-Al Hadj

NHA chief designated HUDCC secretary-general

Nov 26, 2018 - 9:46 PM

Marcelino Escalada Jr takes over the functions of the HUDCC secretary-general while retaining his role as NHA general manager, says Malacañang

Marcelino Escalada Jr General Manager of NHA during the Committee hearing on Urban Development, Housing, and Resettlement at Senate on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

CDO needs P26 billion, 350,000 hectares of land to house informal settlers

Nov 22, 2018 - 7:06 PM

On record, Cagayan de Oro has 51,471 families of informal settlers

community work - residents of CdO NHA-Bayanihan Subdivision participates in applying limestones to their muddy main road. the residents here are victims of Sendong. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Duterte fires HUDCC secretary-general Falconi Millar

Nov 22, 2018 - 5:17 PM

(UPDATED) Millar, also an official of the Marawi rehabilitation task force, has been accused of corruption, says Malacañang

HUDCC Usec. Falconi Millar says the rehabilitation and reconstruction can be realized by the fourth quarter of 2021, and that residents can return before 2020.

U.S. agency says Facebook ads let landlords discriminate

Aug 18, 2018 - 8:47 AM

An investigation confirmed that Facebook advertisers could exclude categories such as people who expressed interest in assistance dogs, China, parenting, or the Bible

House to probe Zamboanga City housing project

May 15, 2018 - 8:40 PM

The Z3R project currently houses families displaced by the 2013 Zamboanga siege

COLLAPSED. The footbridge in Barangay Mariki, Zamboanga City. Photos by Kathy Wee Sit and Vic Larato of the Zamboanga City government

LOOK: Zamboanga City footbridge collapses during officials’ inspection

Apr 26, 2018 - 11:40 PM

Mayor Beng Climaco appeals to the House of Representatives to probe the 'poor state' of NHA's housing project for families displaced by the 2013 Zamboanga City siege

Zamboanga footbridge. Credit to Kathy Wee Sit and Vic Larato/Zamboanga City government

Duterte appoints Honeylet's cousin as HUDCC deputy secretary general

Mar 09, 2018 - 3:49 PM

Melissa Avanceña Aradanas returns to the Duterte administration 3 months after she was sacked along with other officials of the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor

Marawi rehab: The work ahead

Jan 12, 2018 - 4:16 PM

Task Force Bangon Marawi Chairperson Eduardo del Rosario says it may take 4 years to completely rehabilitate the war-torn city

GHOST TOWN. A once busy street littered with war debris. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Marawi evacuees who lost homes will get free housing units – HUDCC

Dec 04, 2017 - 5:10 PM

Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council Chairperson Eduardo del Rosario says there are companies pledging to give housing assistance to residents affected by the Marawi siege

Drilon alarmed by 70% drop in housing budget from P15B to P4B

Oct 10, 2017 - 1:55 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon proposes that the administration's intelligence funds be slashed to boost the 2018 budget of the housing sector

PUBLIC HOUSING. A government housing site in Pandi, Bulacan. File photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

Some Marawi evacuees to get temporary housing before Christmas

Sep 26, 2017 - 6:16 PM

HUDCC chief Eduardo del Rosario says they plan to distribute the first batch of 275 housing units by the middle of December

REMAINS. What's left of Marawi City as the war between the government and terrorists continues. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Housing sector’s proposed 2018 budget lowest in 10 years

Sep 26, 2017 - 5:00 PM

The housing agencies will get a budget of P4.7 billion next year – around 92% lower than the P68 billion budget that the HUDCC requested

PANDI. Inside a resettlement site in Bulacan. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Lawmakers told: Substandard materials used in post-Yolanda housing

Sep 06, 2017 - 12:45 PM

A House committee looks into the progress – or lack thereof – of housing projects for Super Typhoon Yolanda Haiyan survivors

SLOW PACE. Legislators visit a post-Yolanda housing site in Hernani, Eastern Samar. Photo courtesy of the House committee on housing and urban development

Jeremy Marquez appointed HUDCC deputy secretary-general

Aug 14, 2017 - 3:35 PM

Marquez who ran for Parañaque City vice mayor in the 2016 elections is the son of actor turned politician Joey Marquez

4,700 Kadamay families qualified to get houses – HUDCC

Jul 27, 2017 - 5:44 PM

Housing chief Eduardo del Rosario says he is just waiting for Congress to pass a joint resolution allowing the distribution of the houses before the turnover of the units to the families

PANDI. Housing site occupied by urban poor group Kadamay in Bulacan. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Local gov't seeks end to flooding problem in El Nido

Jul 26, 2017 - 4:58 PM

Officials of the tourist town have to hurdle an obstacle to their planned storm drainage system – convincing owners of residential homes tourist inns and business establishments to observe the setback required by law

FLOODING. Some areas in the famous tourist town of El Nido is prone to flooding. Photo by Keith Anthony Fabro/Rappler

Rappler Talk: HUDCC's Del Rosario on Marawi rehab, housing backlog, Kadamay

Jul 26, 2017 - 3:06 PM

New housing chief Eduardo del Rosario talks about his plans for the rehabilitation of Marawi City addressing the housing backlog and the awarding of houses to Kadamay members

Retired general Eduardo del Rosario is new housing czar

Jul 13, 2017 - 5:43 PM

Duterte appoints a retired military man to head the agency once led by Vice President Leni Robredo

One-stop online portal eyed to speed up mass housing projects

Jul 03, 2017 - 2:02 PM

The Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council is eyeing an online portal to handle processing of all needed documents for mass housing projects

HOUSING. A project site of the National Housing Authority in Pandi, Bulacan. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Housing agencies ordered to use gender and dev't funds for Marawi

Jul 02, 2017 - 8:45 PM

Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr says the funds will be used to address the particular needs of women affected by the conflict

BAKWIT. Marawi residents have been living in evacuation centers or in the homes of relatives and friends since the clashes in the city began on May 23. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

P100B a year: Can Duterte gov't build enough homes for informal settlers?

Jun 22, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The administration s aim is not only to build homes for the poor but to build them within urban centers It s a challenge on which past governments failed

Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

QC Council exempts 1,714-unit SMDC project from zoning law

May 19, 2017 - 7:33 PM

The Quezon City Council reasons that the condominium complex will not damage the surrounding community and will even help in development as it aims to provide affordable housing

EXEMPTED. SM Development Corporation has been exempted in constructing an 11-building condominium complex at the north of Quezon City.

Why P600-a-month housing is still a burden to the poor

Mar 19, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Poor families look forward to moving to their government subsidized homes only to realize it s a burden

RESETTLEMENT. A housing project of the National Housing Authority in Caloocan City. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Robredo: Relocation sites in Bulacan to have potable water soon

Feb 16, 2017 - 9:00 PM

The Office of the Vice President signs a memorandum of agreement with Maynilad and local water providers to ensure water supply for housing sites in Norzagaray Pandi and Bocaue

INSPECTION. Vice President Leni Robredo inspects a housing site in Bulacan. File photo from the Office of the Vice President

NHA targets to build 500,000 houses in 2017 to solve backlog

Feb 08, 2017 - 7:59 PM

National Housing Authority General Manager Marcelino Escalada Jr says they are offering beneficiaries houses for P120 000 payable in 30 years

INFORMAL SETTLERS. The National Housing Authority said there are 1.5 million Filipinos living in informal settlements that needs relocation. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Robredo pushes for housing bills in Ledac meeting

Feb 01, 2017 - 7:45 AM

She may not be Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council chief anymore but the Vice President tells the advisory council the 4 bills most important for development

LEDAC MEETING. Vice President Leni Robredo attends the first meeting of the Legislative Executive Advisory Council. Photo from the Office of the Vice President

Robredo apologizes to Binay over remarks on work ethic

Dec 07, 2016 - 5:20 PM

The Vice President says she did not mean to belittle the efforts of her predecessors when she expressed her passion for her work as HUDCC chief

APOLOGY. Vice President Leni Robredo apologized to former Vice President Jejomar Binay for her statement on her work ethics as Housing secretary. File photo from the Office of the Vice President

Binay camp: Maybe Robredo hasn't heard of ex-VP's work ethic

Dec 06, 2016 - 1:00 PM

Hindi naman siguro tama na tapakan ang iba para maiangat ang sarili says Joey Salgado spokesperson of former vice president Jejomar Binay

Photos courtesy of the Office of the Vice President

Robredo on HUDCC stint: No one can say I didn't give it my all

Dec 06, 2016 - 11:10 AM

I think everyone in the Cabinet maybe even those who don t like me would say that I showed how hardworking I am that I showed how I fought for housing issues says the Vice President

Robredo: Not a time for fear, but a time for courage

Dec 05, 2016 - 6:02 PM

UPDATED Vice President Leni Robredo elaborates on her resignation from the Duterte Cabinet saying that while she has been eased out she will continue doing the job she was elected to do

Gloria Arroyo on Robredo resignation: It was ‘inevitable’

Dec 05, 2016 - 3:44 PM

Former president Gloria Arroyo says that during her administration a senior official was also fired via text message

'INEVITABLE.' Pampanga 2nd District Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is not surprised that Vice President Leni Robredo left the Duterte Cabinet. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

#LabanLeni trends after Robredo decides to quit as housing czar

Dec 05, 2016 - 12:50 AM

Vice President Leni Robredo s supporters urge her to stay strong while her critics claim she was an incompetent HUDCC head

'Great loss': Lawmakers react to Robredo resignation from Cabinet

Dec 04, 2016 - 10:55 PM

Umaandar ang mga pwersang gustong ibalik ang mga Marcos sa kapangyarihan Hindi natin ito papayagan says Senator Francis Pangilinan

STAYING GROUNDED. Vice President Leni Robredo shares that it's a struggle getting used to the attention, but she makes it a point to keep herself grounded.

Palace: Duterte, Robredo have 'irreconcilable differences'

Dec 04, 2016 - 8:40 PM

UPDATED Secretary Evasco however says there were no instructions for VP Robredo s termination Speaker Alvarez disagrees saying he thinks she is fired

Photo by Exequiel Supera/PPD

How did Duterte break with Robredo? Through text message

Dec 04, 2016 - 7:52 PM

It s through a text message from Cabinet Secretary Jun Evasco that Vice President Leni Robredo is told to desist from attending Cabinet meetings

LAST MEETING? Vice President and outgoing HUDCC chair Leni Robredo speaks to Cabinet Secretary Jun Evasco during a December 2 meeting in Malacañang. Photo courtesy of the Office of the Vice President

FULL TEXT: 'I will not allow the Vice Presidency to be stolen' – Robredo

Dec 04, 2016 - 7:30 PM

I will not allow the will of the people to be thwarted I will continue to serve the Filipino family and fulfill their dream for a better life says Vice President Leni Robredo who is resigning as HUDCC chairperson

Robredo to resign from Duterte Cabinet

Dec 04, 2016 - 6:01 PM

3rd UPDATE Vice President Leni Robredo says she s stepping down as HUDCC chairperson after being told to desist from attending all Cabinet meetings

OUT OF THE CABINET. Vice President Leni Robredo resigns from her post as President Rodrigo Duterte's HUDCC chair. File photo by Leni Robredo Media Bureau

Megacities key to reaching global climate goals

Dec 01, 2016 - 4:00 PM

Michael Bloomberg: If we are going to avoid the worst impacts of global warming cities are going to have to play an even bigger role in the months and years ahead

An aerial view of Lower Manhattan at dusk, September 8, 2016 in New York City. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Robredo eyes completion of Yolanda housing by 2018

Nov 07, 2016 - 5:35 PM

The Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council reports that only around 4 000 families have occupied permanent housing as of September this year

Robredo urges Duterte to stop land conversion ban

Oct 13, 2016 - 6:00 PM

This will make our mission far more difficult in solving the growing problem of homelessness says Vice President Leni Robredo on the proposed ban on the conversion of agricultural lands

VP Leni Robredo: The first 100 days

Oct 07, 2016 - 8:55 PM

After site inspections and consultations with agencies and beneficiaries the Vice President says a housing roadmap will be available by the first quarter of 2017

INSPECTION. Vice Presient Leni Robredo visits a relocation site in Yolanda-stricken Leyte. Photo from the Office of the Vice President

Gov't only averages 200,000 homes per year – Robredo

Sep 07, 2016 - 3:58 PM

While housing is a basic need the sector has not received enough funds to effectively address the volume of homeless families in the country Vice President Leni Robredo tells senators at a budget briefing

80% of housing for military, police at Bulacan site left unoccupied

Aug 30, 2016 - 7:05 PM

Only 800 out of 4 000 housing units for the military and the police in Bocaue Bulacan are occupied Residents also report problems with utilities at the housing site

IDLE. Thousands of idle NHA houses were found in Bocaue, Bulacan. Photo from the Office of the Vice President

Robredo cuts red tape in socialized housing projects

Aug 21, 2016 - 9:30 PM

The number of requirements is reduced from 27 to 9 as Vice President Leni Robredo vows to streamline all processes

HOUSING CHIEF. As the head of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), Vice President Leni Robredo wants to resolve the backlog of 1.4 million houses for poor families.

Robredo: Gov't must build over 2,600 homes a day to beat backlog

Aug 16, 2016 - 9:30 PM

The Vice President wants to finish a comprehensive housing roadmap before implementing projects to ensure funds are not wasted

CONSULTATION. Vice President Leni Robredo visits a relocation site in Novaliches, Quezon City. Photo from the Office of the Vice President

Why development projects must respect IPs, ancestral domains in Asia

Aug 09, 2016 - 11:15 AM

It all boils down to responsible urban and regional planning and policy making

In this photo taken on April 29, 2015 shows a village in Mayoyao, Ifugao province. Karl Malakunas/AFP

Robredo orders inventory of housing data to beat backlog

Aug 06, 2016 - 12:51 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo also found still unoccupied housing projects built by the National Housing Authority