House Speaker Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez and Presidential Son Senior Deputy Majority Leader Rep. Ferdinand Alexander “Sandro” A. Marcos have joined forces in calling for the extension of the National Housing Authority’s (NHA) Charter, which expires in 2025.

Representatives Romualdez and Marcos filed House Bill No. 8156, or “An Act Strengthening the National Housing Authority, Extending its Corporate Term, and Amending for this Purpose Presidential Decree No. 757,” on May 16, 2023, at the House of Representatives.

In their explanatory note, the lawmakers stressed the need to expand, strengthen, and reorganize the NHA to adapt to the changing conditions in the housing industry and address the current problems of the agency.

HB 8156 integrates all laws relative to the NHA, updates its charter, strengthens its functions, reorganizes its structure, and provides for its perpetual existence. It would allow the NHA to implement innovative and alternative solutions in addressing the housing needs of informal settler families, the lower-income classes, and the vulnerable sector.

The bill also allows NHA to develop, sustain, and reinforce its partnership with local government units and the private sector, generate income through the efficient utilization of existing and future assets, and strengthen citizen participation in the planning of housing programs and projects.

Meanwhile, NHA General Manager Joeben Tai expressed his heartfelt gratitude to House Speaker Romualdez and Representative Marcos for their full support for the extension of the NHA Charter.

For the past 47 years, the NHA has been instrumental in Filipino families fulfilling their dreams of having a new house and a new life. It continuously provides quality, decent, and affordable housing projects to homeless and poor Filipino families.