17th Congress proposes creation of the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development

The PIEP is currently taking part in the legislative process towards the creation of the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development. Several bills, authored separately by Senators Ejercito,  Legarda, Angara, Drilon and Villanueva, are now being discussed in the Senate Committee on Housing, Land Use and Urban Planning.

Below is the matrix of the proposed measures. PIEP has submitted comments and suggestions for consideration, some of which have been discussed with the Committee’s Technical Working Group.

Members are invited to read the document, and provide additional inputs for discussion.


NUDHF Update: 1st Roundtable Discussion

IMG_4892 PIEP held its first round table discussion on the NUDHF last 18 June 2016 at the ROC.  Facilitating the discussion was UN-Habitat’s David Garcia and joining the discussion were PRC’s Outstanding Landscape Architect for 2016 (and EnP at that) Norie Palarca, HLURB Commissioner Atty EnP Linda L. Malenab-Hornilla, SURP Assistant Professor Chummy Chaves (also one of the writers of the document); and other PIEP Board Members. (Source:  Lara Togonon-de Castro’s FB page)

PRC Awards Night: EnP Celestino Desamito is Outstanding EnP of 2016

EnP Celestino Desamito is PRC’s Most Outstanding EnP for 2016. Below is his PRC Citation:

Advancing the profession from the grassroots, Tinoy exemplifies in action the various roles of a Filipino planner as a strategist, advocate, communicator, teacher, community development worker, facilitator, entrepreneur and volunteer.

His sustained excellence in planning and community development is manifested on his various distinguished awards such as One of the Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) on Community Development, Most Outstanding National Volunteer, Most Outstanding UP Alumnus on Community Development, Most Outstanding Alumnus of the UP-SURP, Most Outstanding Veterinarian in Rural Practice, and recipient of the House of Representatives’ Commendation on Rural Development.

Being South Cotabato’s First Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator, he also laid the foundations of the spatial development of the Province of South Cotabato, now a Regional Administrative Center.

Indeed, Tinoy is a hands-on volunteer environmental planner who advocates regional planning from ‘ridge to reef’ – as member of the city, provincial and regional development councils and local special bodies; and with his involvement in all areas of planning ranging from solid waste management to disaster risk reduction, land use and zoning, monitoring and evaluationand economic/ social/ infrastructure/ environment / institutional development.

At age 75, he is still unstoppable as he recently earned his degree in Master of Science in Tropical Risk Management and now earning his PhD in Extension Education.

In recognition of his lifelong commitment in upholding volunteerism and community development, insatiable quest for continuing professional education, and outstanding contributions to nation-building as urban and regional planner – the People’s Veterinarian, Altruistic Volunteer, Unstoppable Community Development Worker, Disaster Manager and Practicing Development Planner on the Ground – (RET) COL. CELESTINO “TINOY” FERNANDEZ DESAMITO, JR., MURP, MCD, MTRM, DVM, LLB, EnP (Source:  PRC)

NUDHF Update: Visayas Consultation

NUDHF Update: The Visayas consultation last 4 June 2016 in Cebu City was full of insights on connectivity, inter-local cooperation, and systems thinking, among others. We aim to capture such contextualized ideas and experiences that will substantiate the Framework, and make it meaningful.
Special thanks to the Cebu Chapter for helping us host the activity.
To all members, we will be providing the initial results on a digital platform, for inputs and comments. Salamat! (Lara Togonon-de Castro)13335844_1750277725226127_951742404720343788_n