Committee hearing

Sen. Joseph Victor G. Ejercito (right), chair of the Senate Committee on Urban Planning, Housing and Resettlement, discusses proposals seeking to establish the Department of Housing and Urban Development during a Senate hearing on Tuesday morning. Ejercito said the department will be tasked to monitor all housing and urban development concerns, as well as consolidate, rationalize and coordinate the functions and powers of all housing-related agencies. Sen. Manny Pacquiao also attended the hearing.