The HUMAN SETTLEMENTS ADJUDICATION COMMISSION (HSAC) was reconstituted from the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB) by virtue of Republic Act No. 11201, as a purely quasi-judicial agency. It is mandated to adjudicate, among others, disputes relating to real estate development, homeowners association, and appeals from decisions of local and regional planning and zoning bodies.
In the performance of its functions, the HSAC is guided by the Constitutional provision that affords all persons the right to a speedy disposition of their cases before all judicial, quasi-judicial or administrative bodies.
The HSAC is attached to the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development for policy, planning and program coordination only.
POWERS & AUTHORITY
The HSAC, under R.A. No. 11201, is conferred with the following powers and authorities:
- To promulgate rules and regulations governing the hearing and disposition of cases before it and its Adjudicators, as well as those necessary to carry out its functions;
- To administer oaths, summon the parties to a controversy, issue subpoenas requiring the attendance and testimony of witnesses or the production of such books, papers, contracts, records, statements of accounts, agreements, and others as may be material to a just determination of the case;
- To hold any person in contempt directly or indirectly and impose appropriate penalties therefore in accordance with law;
- To enjoin or restrain, after due notice and hearing, any actual or threatened commission of any or all prohibited or unlawful acts or to require the performance of a particular act in any dispute within its jurisdiction;
- To exercise such other powers as are implied and necessary, or incidental to carry out the express powers granted to the commission.
Regional Adjudicators – original and exclusive jurisdiction over:
- Cases involving subdivisions, condominiums, memorial parks and similar real estate developments;
- Cases involving Homeowners Associations;
- Disputes involving the implementation of Section 18 of RA 7279, as amended by RA 10884, and its implementing rules and regulations;
- Disputes or controversies involving laws and regulations being implemented by the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development, except those cases falling within the jurisdiction of other judicial or quasi-judicial bodies.
Commission – exclusive appellate jurisdiction over:
- All cases decided by the Regional Adjudicators; and
- Appeals from decisions of local and regional planning and zoning bodies.