By Christian V. Cabajar

MANILA, Nov. 7 – Unite towards a more resilient and the environment-friendly Philippines.

This was the focal point of Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (now DHSUD) Secretary Eduardo D. del Rosario’s message in marking the 28th Annual Convention of the Philippine Institute of Environmental Planners (PIEP) at the Forum, PICC, on Thursday.

In his keynote message, Secretary del Rosario highlighted the government’s goal of establishing socialized housing units without harming the environment. He stressed that the government, through DHSUD, is adamant on implementing strategies to develop well-planned, safe and resilient communities with assistance from the country’s environmental planners.

According to the Secretary, the government will push for the construction of socialized housing units that can withstand the adverse impact of natural calamities such as earthquakes and typhoons through cheaper and innovative technologies.

He called on the PIEP, which is the sole Accredited Professional Organization by the Professional Regulatory Board of Environmental Planning, to further coordinate with the government in terms of raising the standard of professionalism among environmental planners and pave way for significant national progress.

“Inculcating professionalism among environmental planners plays a key role in ensuring overall development of local communities without putting the environment at risk while raising the levels of study and practice among environmental planners could pave the way for sound augmentation of local communities without putting the surrounding eco-system at risk of destruction,” del Rosario said.

“DHSUD’s new mandate is truly a Herculean task, but with cooperation from both the public and private sectors, as well as support from relevant organizations such as the PIEP, accomplishing our mission of promoting sustainable communities across the country will become a walk in the park,” he added.

As a non-profit organization, the PIEP, which is also celebrating its 50th anniversary, seeks to promote and ensure the professional development of environmental planners across the country, as well as push for policies and advocacies on sustainable development.  (CVCabajar/HUDCC)