AT least seven Metro Manila mayors have thrown their support behind President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.'s housing programs primarily aimed at addressing a 6.5 million backlog.

This was according to Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) Secretary Jose Rizalino Acuzar who told reporters on Tuesday that he met recently with some local chief executives and discussed with them the President's priority programs on housing that will benefit, especially the informal settler families (ISFs).

The DHSUD chief expressed gratitude to the positive responses of Marikina City Mayor Marcelino Teodoro, Muntinlupa City Mayor Ruffy Biazon, Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto, Malabon City Mayor Jeannie Sandoval, Caloocan City Mayor Dale Gonzalo "Along" Malapitan, San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora and Pasay City Mayor Imelda Calixto-Rubiano.

Acuzar said he engaged the local officials in a series of dialogues to discuss the programs after he received the go-signal from the President himself.

"We have the all-out support of our President to finally realize the dream of every Filipino family to have a decent, safe and sustainable shelter of their own. Now is the time, let us unite and grab the opportunity" Acuzar said.

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Acuzar has stressed the importance of harnessing the support of NCR mayors and putting them on board during this stage to ensure the success of the housing priority programs –citing that majority of the 3.7-million ISFs in the country are present in the capital region.