THE Organization of Socialized Housing Developers of the Philippines Inc. (OSHDP) is set to launch a housing resource center that will curate data and undertake research to guide policy makers and industry practitioners.
The planned Center for Housing and Independent Research Synergies (Chairs) is a non-profit project that will establish a repository of housing data that can be accessed by real estate stakeholders in the private and government sector.
Lawyer Christopher Ryan Tan, OSHDP chairman of the board, said the project will fund and initiate timely research and studies on housing and ultimately publish the results in the form of a housing journal.
He said the project aims to help develop the country’s housing sector by providing policy makers and real estate practitioners more knowledge about the field so that they will have a better grasp of it.
“Given the importance of housing in the political, social, and economic life of the country, the field remains to be less understood even by policy makers and real estate and housing practitioners. Hence, the need for this institution,” said Tan.
Engr. George Richard Siton, OSHDP president, said that the Chairs project will not only benefit policy makers and industry practitioners, but it will also seek to generate participation from academic institutions as well as other professionals from different disciplines in housing.
He added that the project also aims to ensure sustainability and support for housing from the government, private sector, financial institutions and the community beneficiaries as well.
The resource center will be launched during the opening ceremonies of the 6th National Developers Convention organized by OSHDP on August 27 to 28, 2015 at The Blue Leaf Filipinas, Belle Avenue, Aseana, Parañaque City.
A memorandum of agreement and pledging session among the multi-sector representatives who have expressed support for Chairs will take place during the project launch.
8990 Holdings will pledge an initial seed fund of P1 million.
The two-day convention is in partnership with the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council. It also coincides with the 20th anniversary celebration of OSHDP.