Housing, gov’t leaders to headline Cebu confab

The Subdivision and Housing Developers Association, Inc. will gather key government leaders, creatives and industry leaders in the housing and real estate sector as it hosts the 31st edition of the National Developers Convention from 5 to 6 October at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Cebu City.

With the theme, “Lokal Na Bai: Building Nationwide Growth Through Regional Development,” the convention aims to attract around 400 developers, policymakers, suppliers and various housing industry stakeholders to explore innovative approaches to spur economic growth at the grassroots level.

Day one will focus on issues and concerns that affect the housing industry while the second day will discuss regional success stories in real estate development.

Headlining the event are Senator JV Ejercito, chairman of the Senate Committee on Urban Planning, Housing and Resettlement; Congressman Jose Francisco Benitez, chairman of the House Committee on Housing and Urban Development; Secretary Jose Rizalino Acuzar of the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development; Secretary Arsenio Balisacan of the National Economic and Development Authority; and Marilene Acosta, chief executive officer of Pag-IBIG.

The speaker lineup includes Slater Young, celebrity entrepreneur, engineer and 8990 Holdings brand ambassador; Hanky Lee of The Henry Hotels; Kenneth Cobonpue, multi-awarded industrial designer; and Cyndy Jarabata, chief executive officer of TAJARA Hospitality Group. Emphasizing the convention’s regional growth focus are Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes; Bacolod City Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez, and Hermosa (Bataan) Mayor Joseph Inton.

Addressing the housing roadmap for the country include Dr. Winston Conrad Padojinog, president of the University of Asia and the Pacific; Atty. Angel Aguila, director V Housing and Real Estate Development Bureau of DHSUD; Atty. Gerardo Sirios, administrator of the Land Registration Authority; Dir. Anna Liza F. Bonagua from the Bureau of Local Government Development, DILG; and Ma. Corazon Halili-Dichosa, executive director of the Philippine Board of Investments.