The National Shelters Month Mission: Accessible Housing in the Philippines

Beginning of the Housing Advocacy in the Philippines

Tracing back its roots to 1985, the United Nations declared the first Monday of every October as World Habitat Awareness Day that will later on become a month long celebration. 

In 1995, President Fidel V. Ramos signed Proclamation No. 662, declaring October of every year the “National Shelter Month”. This supports the importance of housing to the spiritual well-being of people and the enhancement of the country’s social and economic growth.

The National Shelter Month advocates for collaborative effort and public awareness in addressing homelessness, along with supporting the cause to provide Filipinos, especially the underprivileged and informal settler families with access to resilient, accessible, safe, and sustainable homes in secure communities.

2023 National Shelter Month

NSM 2023 theme: “Pambansang Pabahay: Matibay na Saligan ng Mapayapang Pamayanan”

In celebration of this year’s National Shelter Month, the country’s community development bureau consisting of The Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) formed a technical working group (TWG) with the National Housing Authority, the Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG Fund), the Human Settlements Adjudication Commission, the Social Housing Finance Corporation, and the National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation as the key agencies.

The national government partnered with The International Organization for Migration and the Catholic Relief Services and Shelter Cluster in terms of humanitarian response.

Through the office of the housing secretary, Undersecretary Randy Escolango of the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) was designated as the Technical Working Group (TWG) chairperson for the 2023 National Shelter Month celebration.

The event was held on October 2, 2023, at the DHSUD Central Office and regional offices, where booths and exhibits were set up to assist people with their concerns and provide them with relevant information.

Earlier in October, the first Philippine Urban Forum was also successfully conducted at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City, highlighting this year’s NSM theme. 

Revolutionizing Real Estate through Amazing Landscapes

Focusing on affordable to luxury market segments, Vista Land & Lifescapes, Inc. (Vista Land) has been successfully building homes for homebuyers and property seekers while ensuring accessibility, safety, and convenience as its topmost priorities.

With Camella, Communities Philippines, Crown Asia, Brittany, and Vista Residences as its primary business units, Vista Land has caters to the needs of its homeowners and their families with high-quality homes as the Philippines’s largest homebuilder and one of the leading integrated property developers.

Vista Land was initially established to provide comfortable homes to every Filipino but has transcended through its expertise in creating master-planned communities in the country. Today, Vista Land’s driving force is to help every kababayan, including our beloved Overseas Filipinos, realize and achieve their dreams.

Vista Land properties are always in the most accessible and attractive locations, ideally close to schools, commercial districts, transport areas, churches, and places of worship.

How Has Camella Spearheaded in the Quest for Accessible Housing?

For almost five decades, Camella has been building homes for more than 500,000 Filipino families, making it a trailblazer in the housing industry. The company has enabled Filipinos to achieve their dreams of having a place they could call their own, setting Camella on a trajectory that would ultimately revolutionize the housing industry in the Philippines.

One way Camella ensures accessible housing is by carefully choosing locations close to essential amenities and services. With horizontal and vertical residences in 47 provinces and 149 key cities and municipalities, Camella offers a broad range of housing options to meet the diverse needs of Filipinos.

Offering an excellent portfolio of house and lot and condominium developments, Camella communities are located in accessible and desirable neighborhoods near schools, healthcare facilities, and major employment areas, promoting spacious and comfortable living.

With clean and well-maintained amenities such as parks, playgrounds, and clubhouses, Camella developments encourage a strong sense of community among residents. Furthermore, the construction and maintenance of Camella communities contribute to local economies by creating jobs and supporting local businesses.

Camella prioritizes safety, security, and peace of mind with gated communities and 24/7 security personnel while ensuring quality construction with durable materials, modern construction techniques, and a commitment to rigorous quality control standards.

The company is also adapting to evolving market demands by updating its developments with modern amenities and digital innovations, such as smart-ready homes accessible from mobile devices and online property buying innovations such as the Camella virtual tour, online appointment and property preview platforms, and reservation portals.

Camella has an online one-stop shop for its business partners, offering updates, a calendar for upcoming events, and an e-learning portal for those interested in the real estate market. This portal also provides information on its ongoing and upcoming road shows, project features, and partner events, making it a valuable resource for affiliated sales networks.

The leading housing brand’s commitment to innovation, adaptability, and excellence has made it a trailblazer in the housing industry, providing homes to countless Filipinos while contributing to the country’s development and well-being.

As the Philippines’ largest homebuilder, Camella is poised to play an even more significant role in reshaping the housing landscape of the country, making it inclusive, sustainable, and accessible.

Vista Land & Lifescapes, through Camella, is committed to building safe, secure, and comfortable communities where Filipinos can realize their dreams. By providing wise investments and properties, Vista Land & Lifescapes has revolutionized the standards for accessible housing in the Philippines, creating communities that bring people together and build a prosperous nation


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