The Subdivision and Housing Developers Association, Inc. (SHDA) recently hosted the 31st National Developers Convention in Cebu City from October 5 to 6, 2023. The theme was ‘LOKAL NA BAI: Building Nationwide Growth Through Regional Development.’
The convention brought together housing industry professionals and experts to discuss issues related to housing, regional development, and their impact on national progress. The event was hosted at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Cebu City. It provided a platform for meaningful discussions on how regional development can contribute to the country’s overall growth.
Around 500 developers, policymakers, suppliers, and stakeholders from the housing industry convened during this two-day convention to explore innovative approaches for boosting economic growth at the grassroots level while contributing to broader national development goals.
Day 2 of the convention focused on regional success stories in real estate development. It included presentations and discussions highlighting outstanding Local Government Units (LGUs) best practices, regional strategies for real estate development, and housing legislation.
During the second day of the convention, Senator Joseph Victor “JV” G. Ejercito, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Urban Planning, Housing, and Resettlement, talked about the legislative agenda for the housing sector. He emphasized government and private sector support to address the country’s housing needs.
The Senator mentioned SHDA’s involvement in creating the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) as the key catalyst to address the backlog.
“It’s a landmark legislation putting all key shelter agencies under one roof. So, from a mere coordinating council before, having a full fledged department now of the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development is a message already in itself that the government itself is seriously addressing the housing problem in the country,” said Senator Ejercito.
During the panel discussion, besides talking about legislative agendas and local governance, the conversation also touched upon the creative aspects of real estate. The panel consisted of Mr. Hanky-Lee, the Innkeeper of The Henry Hotels, Mr. Kenneth Cobonpue, an industrial designer renowned for his innovative designs and furniture globally, and Mr. Slater Young, the CEO of Litecrete Corporation and 8990 Brand Ambassador.
To conclude the event, relevant resolutions were passed in the housing industry. This highlighted its role in guiding policy, addressing challenges, and promoting sustainable and inclusive housing development.
Arlene Keh, Chairwoman of SHDA, expressed pride in organizing a convention that addressed industry challenges and facilitated networking, collaboration, and innovative idea exchange.
“As we build homes, we are also building dreams and communities. Our commitment to inclusive and sustainable housing is a testament to our dedication to creating a better future for all,” shared Keh.
The convention sponsors for the event include 8990 Holdings Inc., Banco de Oro (BDO), Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), Holcim, MyCitiHomes, China Bank, APEC Homes, Davies Paints Philippines, Pag-IBIG Fund (HDMF), Joy-Nostalg, SMDC, Ayala Land, Phinma Construction Materials Group, Steeltech Colored Roofing, EastWest Bank, and Cebu LandMasters.