ACCOMPLISHMENT REPORT – SHFC ROGER M. BALANZA

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Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC)

Consultant: ROGELIO M. BALANZA

ACCOMPLISHMENT REPORT

FEBRUARY, MARCH, APRIL, MAY  2020
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Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC)

Consultant: ROGELIO M. BALANZA

ACCOMPLISHMENT REPORT

Month of  MAY  2020
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6 LICENSED ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNERS CRAFTING SHFC URBAN HOUSING PROGRAM

The Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) has a loaded bench of licensed  environmental planners mapping up strategies and programs of the agency’s  urban housing to ensure delivery of affordable shelter to the homeless poor in the urban centers.

SHFC, the government agency implementing the country’s socialized housing program, now has a total of six licensed environmental planners, including Vice President for Engineering Engr. Elsa Calimlim and OIC-Manager for Central Luzon Operations Engr. John Lee.

Also now in the roster of the SHFC environmental planners are Executive Vice President Atty. Jenefe Payot, OIC-Vice President for Special Projects Atty. Tristan Frederick Tresvalles and Account Specialists Mr. Junard Amba and Mr.Milkyzedeck Bien, who all passed the environmental planners licensure exam in June last year.

To update themselves on the latest laws, issuances, best practices and planning trends in the profession, SHFC environmental planners attended the 28th National Convention of the Philippine Institute of Environmental Planners (PIEP) held on November 7 to 9 last year at the Philippine Convention Center in Pasay. 

Under the Environmental Planning Act of 2013 ( Republic Act No. 10587), environmental planning is equivalent to urban and regional planning, city planning and human settlements planning .

Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario of the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) and chairperson of the SHFC Board was the convention’s keynote speaker.

He discussed the crucial role that DHSUD will play in the management of urbanization so that the country can reap urbanization benefits that would help in forging smart, safe, resilient, and sustainable cities and communities, one of the main goals of urban or environmental planning.

According to Atty. Payot, who placed third in the June 2019 board exams for environmental planners, the three-day convention helped him in understanding the challenges of urbanization in the Philippines, particularly the central role of affordable housing to ensure inclusive urban development.

“From a social justice or rights discourse view, we need to ensure that everyone has access to adequate housing. By adequate, we mean housing that gives families—especially low-income earners — access to socio-economic as well as cultural and educational opportunities that are concentrated in our cities,” he explained.

Atty. Payot expressed confidence that shelter agencies like DHSUD and SHFC are now prepared for the important roles that they will play in urban development given the growing number of environmental or urban planners among their personnel, including those at the highest levels such as Assistant Secretary Melissa Aradanas and Directors Myles Rivera and Jeanette Cruz of the DHSUD.

PARALEGALS BACK UP SHFC HOUSING PROGRAMS

44 NEW GRADUATES BEEF UP SHFC PARALEGAL BENCH 

SHFC, in partnership with the UP Law Center (UPLC), designed a paralegal training programs that produces 44 new paralegals in a two-part session conducted on October 7 to 11 and October 21 to 25 last year at the University of the Philippines-Diliman.

Aimed at giving participants a fundamental legal knowledge focused on better understanding and appreciation of laws and legal procedures specially as they relate to housing, the training was facilitated by justice Raul Villanueva, Justice Oswaldo Agcaoili, and Agranian Reform Usec Luis Pagulayan. The course tested the students’ legal competency through short quizzes, preparation of case summaries, and graded group workshops.

UP:C paralegal Director Atty. Elizabeth Pulumbarot praised SHFC for recording a passing rate of 100 percent, the highest ever since the start of UP paralegal training in 2013

The top scorers-joseph Eisma and James Naquita (Pop Quiz 1), Will Peran (Pop quiz 2), and Engr. Elsa Juliana Calimlim ( Pop Quiz 3) – were recognizing on graduation day in October 25. Also awarded as best speakers in the group presentations were Eisma Naquita, Junard Amba, Philip Robert Flores, Florencio Carandang, Jr., Janet Lumayag, and Engr. Randolph Libranon.

Human resources OIC-Vice President Jessica Caraso, Who was elected as class president, was pleased with what they have acheived. “I am really proud of the accomplishment. I’ve never seen everybody worked that hard,” she said “We are now empowered paralegals.” 

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DEL ROSARIO WANTS TYPHOON, EARTHQUAKE RESISTANT HOUSING FOR HOMELESS PINOYS

By ROGER M. BALANZA

The Philippines’ housing czar wants no less than strong and resilient houses that can withstand typhoons and earthquakes for the country’s homeless poor  as the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte vigorously pursues its socialized housing program.

 SOCIALIZED HOUSING. Atty. Junefe Payot, SHFC executive vice president (right), Housing Czar Eduardo del Rosario and SHFC president Atty. Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling (right), at the  founding anniversary of the Social Housing Finance Corporation 
Secretary Eduardo del Rosario, chairman of the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) said recent calamities have placed people’s lives in danger due to poor housing that are  helpless against typhoons and earthquakes.
“With the advent of calamities like the earthquake in Batanes and just recently in Mindanao where around 30,000 families were affected…there is need to focus on the importance of comprehensive plans to avoid or lessen the adverse impact to lives and properties from numerous typhoons, flash floods and landslides, among others,” said Del Rosario in his keynote speech at the 28th National Convention of the Philippine Institute of Environmental Planners (PIEP) held on November 7 to 9 at the Philippine Convention Center in Pasay. The convention aimed at updating the participants on the latest laws, issuances, best practices, and planning trends in the profession.
“DHSUD will push for the construction of socialized housing units that can withstand 250kph winds and a 7.2 magnitude earthquake, ” Del Rosario vowed.
The government’s socialized housing program is implemented by the Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC), a key shelter agency under the DHSUD, headed by its president Atty. Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling.
In his speech, Del Rosario said that environmental planners and the PIEP “are indispensable in the overall strategy that DHSUD envisions.”  
Del Rosario also discussed the crucial role that DHSUD will play in the management of urbanization so that the country can reap urbanization benefits that would help in forging smart, safe, resilient, and sustainable cities and communities, one of the main goals of urban or environmental planning.
SHFC has strengthened its roster of environmental planners and  has a loaded bench of six licensed  environmental planners mapping up strategies and programs of the agency’s  urban housing to ensure delivery of affordable shelter to the homeless poor in the urban centers.
The SHFC sent its environmental planners to attend the conventions, among them SHFC Executive Vice President Atty. Jenefe Payot, OIC-Vice President for Special Projects Atty. Tristan Frederick Tresvalles, and Account Specialists Mr. Junard Amba and Mr. Milkyzedeck Bien, who all passed the environmental planners licensure exam in June. The agency now has a total of six licensed environmental planners, including Vice President for Engineering Engr. Elsa Calimlim and OIC-Manager for Central Luzon Operations Engr. John Lee.
According to Atty. Payot, who placed third in the June 2019 board exams for environmental planners, the three-day convention helped him in understanding the challenges of urbanization in the Philippines, particularly the central role of affordable housing to ensure inclusive urban development.
“From a social justice or rights discourse view, we need to ensure that everyone has access to adequate housing. By adequate, we mean housing that gives families—especially low-income earners — access to socio-economic as well as cultural and educational opportunities that are concentrated in our cities,” he explained.
Atty. Payot expressed confidence that shelter agencies like DHSUD and SHFC are now prepared for the important roles that they will play in urban development given the growing number of environmental or urban planners among their personnel, including those at the highest levels such as Assistant Secretary Melissa Aradanas and Directors Myles Rivera and Jeanette Cruz of the DHSUD.

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SHFC IS ISO-CERTIFIED

Accredited ISO-certifying body SOCOTEC Registrars Philippines, Inc. (Formerly AJA Registrars. Inc.) has recommended the re-certification of the Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) ISO9001:2015 standards after successfully completing its audit of the agency’s head office in 2019.

The SHFC, headed by its President Atty. Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling, is the agency implementing the government’s social housing program. Based in Makati City,. SHFC is one of key housing agencies of the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) chaired by Secretary Eduardo del Rosario. 
SHFC first received certification for ISO 9001:2008 in 2006, with a record-breaking feat of only less than six months preparatory work. It transitioned to the 2015 version two years after.
The SOCOTEC audit was conducted to assess SHFC’s conformity to international quality standards in its core processes and its Quality Management System (QMS), following the issuance of its 9001:2015 certification in 2018.
SHFC’s ISO Core team headed by its Quality Management Representative (QMR Ernesto Leynes, vice president of the Treasury Department, together with managers and select personnel trained in ISO 9001:2015 standards and internal quality audit, ensured cooperation among all head office employees in the audit process.
In its audit report, SOCOTEC commended the corporation’s organized documentation and well-maintained facilities. It also lauded the Procurement Division and the Loan Administration Operations for their excellent record keeping as well as the staff’s deep familiarity with SHFC’s operational processes.
Only two minor non-conformities (NC), one observation, and eight opportunities for improvement (OFIs) were cited. SHFC is required to submit their corrective action on the NCs within 30 days after the audit.
During the audit’s closing meeting Deputy QMR and Planning and Policy OIC-Vice President Florencio Carandang, Jr. welcomed these findings and saw them as a challenge to SHFC. “It’s good ( to be reminded of these lapses ) to emphasize the need of the management to  address them, ” he said.
The recommendation coincided with the last day in office of Leynes, who retired after 13 years of service in SHFC. “With all sincerity, I would like to thank everyone at the corporation who I have worked with,” said Leynes, who is considered as one of the pillars of the agency.

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PAYOT: Adequate housing is a right

Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) Executive VIce President Atty. Junefe said that adequate housing is a right that should be available to all homeless Filipinos.

The government responds to give the needed muscle to this right through the  SHFC which  implements socialized housing  programs that  ensure the formation of inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities and human settlements for the homeless poor, said Atty. Payo
SHFC, headed by its president, Atty. Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling, implements the government’s social housing program. It is one of the key shelter agencies under the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) headed by Secretary Eduardo del Rosario.
 Atty. Payot said that housing should be at the center of any development because it impacts on economic development,  employment generation, poverty reduction, and climate change adaptation.
The SHFC officer made this point in his speech at a forum dubbed “Slum Upgraded: An Opportunity Towards The Success Of The Sustainable Development Goals.”
The forum that  also featured  UN-Habitat Philippine Country Manager Chrostopher Rollo and HLURB Housing and Homesite Regulation Officer Emma Ulep, was part of the Tahanan Summit series, a joint initiative of UN_habitat, Technical Assistance movement for people and Environment, Inc., Global Land Tool Network, and Homeless People’s Federation Philippines, Inc.
In the forum held in October 18 last year at the College of Architecture of the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City, Atty. Payot  discussed homelessness in the country and how SHFC contributes to the achievement of developing sustainable cities and communities. The SHFC implements its social housing program through the Community Mortgage Program (CMP) that grants long-term, low-interest housing loans to the homeless through their organized homeowners associations.
“For the longest time, we have been providing housing support through CMP. We make sure that projects are affordable to the communities through highly subsidized rates and long payment terms,” Atty. Payot said.
Atty. Payot adds that on top if its flexibility and affordability, the CMP provides additional assistance for families who are unable to afford the mortgage. “Usually their is around 20 to 30 percent in a community who cannot afford our program.” 

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DBM OKAYS P155-M FOR SHFC MARAWI REHAB SOCIAL HOUSING

Approves P3.56-B 2020 budget to rebuild Marawi

The Department of Budget (DBM) has approved a PHP155.7 million fund for the Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) for the key shelter agency’s shelter program for Marawi City residents who lost their homes in the terrorist attack on the country’s Muslim city in 2017.
The fund is embedded in the 2020 budget approved by DBM for the Marawi rehabilitation project  amounting to PH3.56-billion, Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) chairperson del Rosario said on Thursday, May 22.
SHFC, headed by its president Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling, is the agency implementing the government’s socialized housing program for the country’s low-income, homeless poor and those displaced by calamities and living in risk areas.
SFHC is one of key housing agencies under the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSID) which is also chaired by del Rosario.

Del Rosario said the DBM has also provided Special Allotment Release Order (SARO) to the task force’s implementing agencies.

“This serves as a huge boost for implementing agencies as they now have the funds needed to complete their respective projects aimed at rebuilding Marawi following the May 2017 siege perpetrated by the Maute terrorist group,” he said in a statement.

The various implementing agencies under the TFBM, he said, can now focus on their timelines and carry out measures to hasten their projects intended for the rehabilitation of Marawi.

The PHP155.7 million fund, he said, is allocated for the Marawi Permanent Shelter Program of the SHFC.
A fund of PHP1.91 billion will be given to the National Housing Authority (NHA) for the continuation of the temporary and permanent housing programs in Marawi City.

The Marawi City government, del Rosario added, will receive PHP558.2 million to spearhead the construction of several public facilities and infrastructures inside the most affected area (MAA) or the ground zero.

These include the Marawi Museum, the Grand Padian Central Market, and the construction of health center and madrasah each for the 24 barangays inside the MAA.

The TFBM has allocated PHP91.3 million for improving the productivity of farmers and fisherfolks in the war-torn city, he said.

Through the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao-Ministry of Agricultural Fisheries and Agrarian Reform, del Rosario said Marawi farmers and fisherfolk will be provided of agricultural services from the regional government — which include Islamic Microfinance, dispersal of livestock poultries, the establishment of multiplier farms such as goat and native chicken as well as providing market posts for the farmers and fisherfolk.

The TFBM has allocated PHP766.5 million to the Local Water Utilities Administration (LUWA) to ensure potable water supply inside the MAA.

“The Department of Public Works and Highways had been earmarked PHP80.2 million intended for road repair and reconstruction works in Marawi, while the Department of Education had been allocated PHP3.3 million for the distribution of learning kits,” he said.

The task force has also allocated a budget amounting to PHP20.9 million, he said, for the construction of a 1,500-linear-meter fence across the Mindanao State University, “which can further protect students against potential security threats.”

“PHP48.5 million for the Department of the Interior and Local Government, through the Philippine National Police, (is) intended for the construction of a tourist police building and a maritime building in Marawi,” he said.

The construction works and other infrastructure projects, he said, will resume by July 2020.

Del Rosario said the TFBM and its member agencies “are prepared to exhaust all means in meeting their respective timelines for project completion” amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The TFBM was created under the administrative order No. 3 issued by President Rodrigo Duterte on June 28, 2017, to ensure collaboration and convergence among national agencies and the local government units. TFBM facilitates the rehabilitation, recovery and reconstruction efforts in Marawi.

It also seeks to help displaced families to recover from the tragedy brought by the Marawi siege in May 2017. (With PNA report)

SHFC HAS HOUSING FOR SETTLERS IN RISK AREAS AVAILING OF BALIK PROBINSYA

Under a Senate bill strengthening the government’s housing program, the Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) is mandated to provide shelter to informal settlers living in risk areas like shorelines, river banks and other danger zones.

SHFC also has been given a key role under the recently approved-Senate bill that also aims to decongest MetroManila by luring back people to their provinces.

Senate Bill No. 203, or the National Housing Development, Production and Financing (NHDPF) Act of 2019, authored by Senator Christopher Lawrence Go, primarily aims to significantly reduce the country’s housing backlog through continuous funding support. 

But Go also said that the NHDPF will complement the housing component of the Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa (BP2) Program, which he also proposed, that lures Filipinos, who need sufficient housing when they  voluntarily return to their home provinces to start life anew after the Covid-19 crisis.
Under the NHDPF, the SHFC, headed by its president, Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling,  shall undertake social housing programs that will cater to the formal and informal sectors in the low-income bracket and to take charge of developing and administering social housing programs, particularly the Community Mortgage Program (CMP) and its different modalities.
The CMP, the flagship project of the SHFC which is the key state agency implementing the government’s socialized housing program, extends low-interest, short-term loans to low-income, homeless Filipinos through their organized homeowners associations. 

TOP PRIORITY IN BALIK PROBINSYA

Informal settlers in danger who want to return to their respective provinces will be among those prioritized as beneficiaries of the Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa (BP2) program, said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a virtual presser on Wednesday, May 13.
Also in the priority list are  Persons With Disabilities (PWDs), added Roque in a virtual presser.
Ang mga priorities po natin ay iyong mga gusto na talagang bumalik permanently sa probinsya. Pangalawa, iyong mga informal settlers po natin gusto na ring umuwi lalo na iyong nakatira po do sa mga danger zones dito sa Metro Manila (Our priorities will be those who permanently want to return to their respective provinces. Second, informal settlers who want to return especially those living in danger zones in Metro Manila),” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a virtual presser on Wednesday.
PWDs who want to return to their respective provinces will also be prioritized, he added.
Roque said that while all Filipinos could apply as beneficiaries, the government will have to assess who are the most deserving to avail of the program’s benefits.
“Lahat po ng gustong mag-apply, puwede po kayong mag-apply. Eh lahat naman po iyan ay mayroon tayong panuntunan na susundin (All those who want to apply may apply. But all of these will have guidelines we will have to follow),” Roque said.
While none of the applications will be denied, the government will have to identify who among the applicants would succeed in having an improved quality of life in rural areas.
Wala pong ide-deny na application, pero ang assessment po ay gagawin na titingnan po talaga na pupuwede talaga silang magkaroon ng bagong buhay doon sa gusto nilang balikan na probinsya (None of the applications will be denied but the assessment that will be made is to see who among the applicants can really have a new life when they return to their provinces),” he said.
Earlier, Roque assured that the government will craft mechanisms to ensure that beneficiaries of the BP2 program will no longer return to Metro Manila.
Currently, the guidelines for the full and effective implementation of the BP2 program are now being formulated.
The BP2 program, a pet project of President Rodrigo Duterte’s former aide and now Senator Christopher “Bong” Go, seeks to decongest Metro Manila which is home to 12.87 million Filipinos.
Last week, Duterte signed Executive Order (EO) 114 which institutionalizes the BP2 program “to ensure balanced regional development and equitable distribution of wealth, resources and opportunities.”
The BP2 program also aims to boost countryside development and inclusive growth, provide adequate social services, and promote full employment, industrialization and an improved quality of life in rural areas.
It is also meant to prepare the country for the “new normal” after the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic and other future health crises.
The national government is now coordinating with local government units to ensure the safe return of those who will be relocated to their respective provinces.
Around 3,000 persons who are residing in Metro Manila but want to return to their respective provinces have already been identified by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). (With PNA report)

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SHFC TO PLAY KEY ROLE IN BALIK PROBINSYA PROGRAM

By ROGER M. BALANZA

The Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) will play a key role under a proposed Senate bill that aims to decongest MetroManila by luring back people to their provinces.

Primarily, Senate Bill No. 203, or the National Housing Development, Production and Financing (NHDPF) Act of 2019, authored by Senator Christopher Lawrence Go, aims to significantly reduce the country’s housing backlog through continuous funding support. 

But Go also said that the NHDPF will complement the housing component of the Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa (BP2) Program, which he also proposed, that lures Filipinos, who need sufficient housing when they  voluntarily return to their home provinces to start life anew after the Covid-19 crisis.
Under the NHDPF, the SHFC, headed by its president, Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling,  shall undertake social housing programs that will cater to the formal and informal sectors in the low-income bracket and to take charge of developing and administering social housing programs, particularly the Community Mortgage Program (CMP) and its different modalities.
The CMP, the flagship project of the SHFC which is the key state agency implementing the government’s socialized housing program, extends low-interest, short-term loans to low-income, homeless Filipinos through their organized homeowners associations. 
Go has urged support for the NHDPF and BP2.
Citing the urgent need to eradicate homelessness in the country, Go on Wednesday, May 13,  called for renewed support for NHDPF that he  filed in July 2019, which aims to provide continuous funding support for a large scale pro-poor housing program in the country. 
In a statement, Go said eradicating homelessness has never been more urgent following the onslaught of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic in the country.
“The pandemic has brought into the open a perennial problem in the Philippines, particularly in metropolitan areas, such as Metro Manila. Lack of decent housing has increasingly led more urban poor families and informal settlers to live in cramped living quarters, often prone to fire and constraints in the delivery of basic services, particularly health,” the chair of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography said.
“To address the country’s housing problem, the government should pursue a truly ‘large scale’ program that combines new socialized housing initiatives with resettlement and livelihood projects,” Go said.
Beneficiaries of the Balik Probinsya program are expected to benefit more from NHDPF. Besides housing, other assistance given to BP2 beneficiaries also include employment, education, livelihood, and health, among others.
As the proponent of BP2, Go also called on the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD),  headed by Chairman Eduardo del Rosario and its key housing agencies  do a thorough inventory of unoccupied housing units and available lands intended for housing development nationwide to prepare for the program’s medium- to long-term phase.
“Nananawagan po ako sa mga kapwa kong mambabatas na suportahan ang NHDPF Act. Bigyan natin ang bawat pamilyang Pilipino ng isang maayos at disenteng bahay (I urge my fellow lawmakers to support the NHDPF Act. Let’s give every Filipino family a proper and decent home),” Go said.
Magtulungan tayo na magkaroon ng maganda at komportableng buhay ang bawat Pilipino at mabigyan sila ng bagong pag-asa pagkatapos ng krisis na dulot ng Covid-19 (Let’s work together to provide each Filipino a comfortable life, and give them fresh hope after the Covid-19 crisis),” he said.
SB 203 mandates the DHSUD, and its attached key shelter agencies, to intensify the implementation of the vital components of the NHDPF Act.
Under the proposed measure, the NHA will be the lead agency tasked to develop and implement various types of housing programs intended for the bottom 30 percent of the income population, which includes resettlement, housing programs for low-salaried government employees, settlements upgrading, and housing programs of calamity victims, among others.
The SHFC shall undertake social housing programs that will cater to the formal and informal sectors in the low-income bracket and to take charge of developing and administering social housing programs, particularly the Community Mortgage Program (CMP) and its different modalities.
The National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation (NHMFC) is mandated to increase the availability of affordable housing loans to finance the Filipino home buyers on their acquisition of housing units through the development and operation of a secondary market for home mortgages.
SB 203 provides that a total of PHP2.667 trillion shall be appropriated to the DHSUD and key shelter agencies for the implementation of the NHDPF Program over a 20-year period.
As such, PHP135.114 billion shall be appropriated annually through the General Appropriations Act over a period of 20 consecutive years, starting from the year immediately succeeding the effectivity of this Act, “or until such time that the total fund requirements provided for in this Act shall have been fully released.” (With PNA report)

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SHFC TO ISSUE HANDBOOK VS. GRAFT AND CORRUPTION

SHFC imposes budget cuts in support of fight vs. COVID-19

The Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC), the housing agency implementing the government’s social housing program, has imposed an austerity measure through budget cuts in its operation for 2020, with the country saddled with huge expense in the fight against the spread of the deadly Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

SHFC president Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling said the agency cancelled various activities lined up for the year after the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) issued National Budget Circular (NBC) No. 180 urging all departments and agencies to adopt austerity measures amid the COVID-19 crisis.
In compliance with the circular, Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) Secretary del Rosario ordered its Key Shelter Agencies (KSA) to adopt austerity measures.
The KSA under DHSUD are the National Housing Authority (NHA), the Home Development Mutual Fund or PagIBIG Fund, the National Home Mortgage Finance Corp. and SHFC.
“As one with the national government in the fight against COVID-19, we should find ways on how to provide much-needed funds in anticipation of the long-term effects of the pandemic,” Sec. Del Rosario said.“The government needs to sustain its efforts to assist our countrymen cope up with the adverse effects of the community quarantine and finally defeat the COVID-19.”
Sec. Del Rosario said, however, that the belt tightening measures should not adversely affect the delivery of vital services of the DHSUD.

State-owned SHFC is the implementor of the government’s socialized housing program carried out by its flagship project Community Mortgage Program (CMP) through long-term, low-interest housing loans extended to organized Home Owners Associations (HOAs) of hundreds of thousands of homeless Filipinos.

In his letter dated April 22, 2020 to Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez, Cabling said “SHFC is committed to support all measures/efforts within its capacity to help fight” COVID-19 and its impact on the housing needs of low-income Filipinos.
“Consistent with the provisions of R. A. 1469, also known as Bayanihan To Heal as One Act of 2020 and
the Government Commission for Government-Owned and Controlled Corporations (GCG) Memorandum Order No. 2020-04, the Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) is directed to assess its operation for year and identify Programs, Activities, and Projects (P/A/Ps) which have been adversely affected by COVID-19 and may be discontinued, ” said Cabling.
“These enumerated P/A/Ps with an aggregate fund of Twenty One Milllion One Hundred Nineteen Thousand One Hundred Fifteen Pesos (P21,119.15) from the Corporate Operating Budget are identified by the management to be discontinued. The same was presented to the Governance Policy and Nomination Committee to the Board and approved to be discontinued.”
Cabling assured that the budget cuts will not hamper its mission to provide shelter to homeless Filipinos.In the letter, he said that the austerity measure “will not preclude us from fulfilling our mandate to provide shelter solutions to low income families who are also the most vulnerable in this pandemic.”
“As COVID-19 continues to affect our lives, the poor communities are the most vulnerable. The SHFC is committed to support all measures/efforts within its capacity to help fight this challenge. Rest assured that the current odds will not preclude us from fulfilling our mandate to provide shelter solutions to low income families who are also the most vulnerable in this pandemic, ” Cabling assured.
Other than the belt-tightening budget cuts, SHFC also also declared a three-month moratorium onhousing loan amortizations after President Rodrigo Duterte declared an Emergency Community Quarantine (ECQ) on March 17.
The moratorium, involving an estimated P31 billion, would benefit more than 5.5 million member- beneficiaries of the SHFC and the other DHSUD Key Shelter Agencies (KSA).

Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC)

Consultant: ROGELIO M. BALANZA

ACCOMPLISHMENT REPORT

Month of  MARCH  2020
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SHFC: Three-month suspension of socialized housing loan amortizations amid Covid-19 crisis

The Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) has announced a three-month moratorium on  monthly amortizations of its socialized housing loan borrowers amid the economic impact on the borrowers of the novel coronavirus 2019 (Covid-19).

The moratorium will be effective from March 16 to June 15, said Atty. Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling, president of the government key shelter agency implementing the socialized housing program of the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte. 
This developed as the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) on Friday suspended the collection of monthly loan amortization to its more than 5 million key shelter agencies (KSAs) members amid the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine over Luzon and other provinces to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease.
The KSAs, under the umbrella of DHSUD,  include the Social Housing Finance Corporation., Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG) and the National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation.
DHSUD Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario said a total of 5,225,783 KSA members and beneficiaries will benefit from the three-month moratorium.
The government’s housing czar said the DHSUD allowed a three-month moratorium to its KSAs members and beneficiaries so that “they will be able to comply with the quarantine guidelines imposed by the government.”
He said the suspension of monthly payment  will “ help ease the burden of the payees” amid the Covid-19 crisis.
“By offering the moratorium, member-beneficiaries of our KSAs won’t have to worry about their monthly amortizations anymore in the next three months amid the COVID-19 scare,” he said. The moratorium period is effective from March 16 until June 15.
“This is DHSUD’s initiative in support of President Duterte’s all-out efforts to assist our kababayans amid these challenging times,” he added.

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SHFC MULLS SKELETAL FORCE VS. COVID-19

e Social  Housing Corporation (SHFC) plans to deploy a lean force in its headquarters in Makati City and regional offices in observance of the social distancing policy under the Expanded Community Quarantine ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte to prevent spread of the corona virus 2019 (Covid-19).

Atty. Arnolfo Cabling, president of the state-owned agency implementing the government’s socialized housing program, advised their clients, when the plan is implemented,  to postpone transactions with the agency  at a later date. Cabling said the plan is still being studied. adding an official announcement would be made when the plan is set into motion

Under the plan in observance of the Social Distancing rule, our employees would work only for a day, with four days of the week, working at home, said Cabling in a statement.

President Duterte has issued an executive order allowing government departments and agencies to adopt work schedules for workers as health authorities fight the spread of the deadly disease that has already claimed, as of March 17, fourteen lives and infected 187 others.

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MARAWI CITY REHAB CZAR DEL ROSARIO GIVEN MORE TEETH

DUTERTE takes action to hasten Marawi City reconstruction

President Rodrigo Duterte has designated Marawi City rehabilitation czar Eduardo del Rosario as point person who will handle funds and work directly with the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to speed up reconstruction efforts.

MARAWI REHAB. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte chats with Senator Christopher “Bong” Go during a meeting to discuss updates on the Marawi Rehabilitation efforts at the Malacañan Palace on Wednesday (March 4, 2020). The Senator held a Senate committee hearing and reported various issues from stakeholders to the President. (Presidential photo by Alfred Frias)
Duterte made the decision during a meeting in Malacañan Palace facilitated by Senator Christopher ‘Bong’ Go in response to Marawi City residents’ concerns about the ongoing rehabilitation of their city left in ruins by a five-month war between government troops and terrorist Maute group in 2017.
“Hindi istilo ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte na mag-iwan ng proyektong nakatiwangwang. Hindi kami papayag ng Pangulo na mangyari ito. (It’s not the style of President Duterte to leave unfinished projects. We will not allow it to happen),” Go told the representatives of the Marawi residents at the public hearing that the Senate Special Committee on Marawi City Rehabilitation held in Iligan City on February 21.
“Ako, bilang malapit sa Pangulo, kaya po ako narito, gusto ko po na maging tulay kami ninyo kay Pangulo. Kung may reklamo kayo, may gusto pa kayong iparating sa Pangulo, iparating ninyo na po kaagad ngayon (As ally of the President, the reason why we are here as your bridge to the President. If you have complaints and have something you want to express to the President, say it now),” he added.
Go said the Malacañang meeting on Wednesday was the fulfillment of his promise that he will set a meeting between Duterte and the stakeholders and relevant government agencies for the President to directly hear the various concerns of internally displaced persons (IDPs).
During the Palace meeting, Duterte emphasized deadlines and the importance of minimizing delays as he instructed the DBM to expedite the release of funds for the rehabilitation process.
Duterte said he will personally contribute to the reconstruction of the Grand Marawi Mosque and will visit Marawi City soon.
Go also informed Duterte about the desire of the IDPs to leave the temporary shelters and return to their respective homes.
“Gusto nilang marinig ang assurance ng ating Pangulo kasi hindi sila nakakabalik sa kanilang tirahan at wala silang ibang pinapaniwalaan kundi ang salita niyo po na makakabalik sila sa kanilang lupa at mga bahay (They want to hear assurance of our President because they cannot return to their homes and they will only listen to your words that they can go back to their respective places and homes),” Go said during the meeting with the President.
In response, Duterte assured the residents of the most affected area that they can visit their houses but military installations will remain to ensure the safety of the area.
“What happened to Marawi was a tragedy to this nation and so, in the aftermath, we will do everything to correct the so many wrongs and injustices committed against the Moros, not only in Marawi and Lanao but everywhere in Mindanao,” Duterte said.
Senators Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, Imee Marcos and Francis Tolentino, the other members of the Senate Special Committee, also attended the meeting at the Heroes Hall in Malacañang.
Previously, the President made a pledge to complete reconstruction works in Marawi City before he steps down in 2022. During the meeting, he vowed to monitor the ongoing improvements and rehabilitation work.
Prior to the Ilagan City public hearing, Go visited Marawi City for an ocular inspection of the rehabilitation efforts of the government. He also witnessed the opening of the 64th Malasakit Center in the country in Amai Pakpak Medical Center.
“Magtulungan po tayo. Bilang isang Mindanaoan, ako mismo ay gagawin ang lahat ng maaari kong maiambag, lalo na sa mga bagay na may kinalaman sa kalusugan (Let us help each other. As Mindanaoan, I will do what I can do to help especially on the health issues),” Go said, adding the new Malasakit Center will provide quick, quality and reliable medical services to Filipinos.
He assured his audience that the Duterte administration will not allow unfinished projects nor see people blaming each other for shortcomings.
Two years after the Marawi siege, Go said people, most especially the President, are now looking for concrete outputs that should be fruits of the assistance given by the government and donations from the international community to build a new and better Marawi City for its people.
“The President has two years left in Malacañan. We want to know how the rehabilitation can be completed. We don’t want the responsible officials to be negligent now and then put the blame on the President later on when his term ends,” Go said.
The May 2017 Marawi siege displaced around 40,000 households, according to official government figures.

The actual rehabilitation works started in September 2018 by clearing the city of unexploded bombs and debris. The task force reported that the city is now 99 percent cleared of explosives.

The second phase of the rehabilitation effort involves the construction of structures and buildings in the city through the help of 56 government agencies working together for the actual rehabilitation.
Meanwhile, Go and other Senators have filed a bill entitled “Marawi Siege Compensation Act of 2020,” which seeks to provide tax-free compensations for all property owners whose properties were damaged by the Marawi Siege in 2017. 

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NORTHERN SAMAR officials back SHFC socialized housing for low-income earners

In an effort to help more families realize their dreams of owning a house, Governor Edwin Marino Ongchuan led other officials of the Province of Northern Samar in pushing for the promotion of a socialized housing program for low-income earners,  during a forum at the Governor’s Residence in Catarman, on Feb. 28.

The forum was attended by Gov. Ongchuan and other provincial government officials, Congressman Paul R. Daza, municipal mayors, barangay captains, national government agency heads and representatives, and the private media.
Participants in the forum collectively vowed to support the need for a socialized housing in the province considering the growing number of people living in danger zones who needs to be relocated wherein majority belongs to the marginalized sector.
In the forum, Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC)  President Atty. Arnolfo Cabling presented the corporations’ socialize program as well as their mandates and services to the provincial and local chief executives who were present during the forum.
Cabling said SHFC is the lead government agency mandated to undertake socialized housing for low-income families who aspire to have their own homes.
In their Community Mortgage Program, Cabling said this is a people-led housing finance and community development program intended to assist legally organized associations of low-income groups to acquire and develop a tract of land and houses under the concept of community ownership.
“One of the requirements for the approval of the loan is the lot plan with technical descriptions of the proposed site, duly signed by a licensed geodetic engineer to ensure the place is disaster resilient,” he said.
The agency offers a full package consists of a loan for lot acquisition, site development, and house construction with interest rate as low as 2 percent, he added. (ldl/tbc/PIA-Northern Samar)

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SHFC CMP BALAI BONDS TO EXPAND GOVT SOCIALIZED HOUSING PROGRAMS

Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC), the lead government agency mandated to undertake socialized housing for low-income families, is securitizing its mortgage portfolio to generate additional funding for the implementation of its flagship initiative, the Community Mortgage Program (CMP).  The undertaking will also give property developers more options to comply with the mandatory 15 percent balanced housing requirement.
The ceremonial signing of the CMP BALAI Bonds is attended by (seated, from left): Land Bank First Vice President Gonzalo Bongolan, Land Bank Executive Vice President Carel Halog, DHSUD Asec. Leira Buan, PwC-Isla Lipana Executive Director Cheryl de Guzman, NHMFC President Felixberto Bustos, Jr., SHFC President Atty. Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling, and SHFC Executive Vice President Atty. Junefe Payot.
SHFC President Atty. Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling led the signing of agreements with partner-agencies for the upcoming issuance of the CMP BALAI Bonds in a ceremony held in Makati City on February 20. The event was attended by SHFC Executive Vice President Atty. Junefe Payot, SHFC Securitization and Funds Generation OIC-Manager Atty. Ann Margarette Vista, and Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) Asec. Leira Buan. Also present were National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation (NHMFC) President Felixberto Bustos, Jr., Land Bank of the Philippines Treasury and Investment Banking Sector Executive Vice President Carel Halog, and PwC-Isla Lipana & Co. Executive Director Cheryl de Guzman.
In offering the bonds, SHFC will play the role of an issuer. Under the deals, PwC-Isla Lipana & Co. will serve as the portfolio auditor, while Puyat Jacinto & Santos and the Development Bank of the Philippines will function as the transaction counsel and tax advisor, and special purpose trust, respectively. The Philippine National Bank will act as the trustee, registrar, and paying agent, while the Philippine Rating Services Corporation will be the rating agency.
The ceremony came after SHFC signed a memorandum of agreement with the Land Bank of the Philippines and NHMFC in May 2019 to be the CMP BALAI Bonds sole arranger, and advisor and program manager, respectively.
Based on the project roadmap, SHFC is targeting to issue the bonds in August, coinciding with the 32nd anniversary of the CMP. The program, wherein organized communities can avail to purchase the land they occupy or would like to relocate to, has benefited more than 350,000 families through over P16 billion in loan assistance since its inception.

 

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SHFC OPINION: The right to adequate housing

A call for spatial and cultural adequacy in housing

By Atty. Junefe G. Payot
At the launching of the joint housing and livelihood project of the Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) and the United Nations-Habitat (UN-Habitat) for families displaced by the conflicts in the Islamic City of Marawi, Secretary Eduardo del Rosario of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) urged that we construct bigger housing units because in a clan-oriented culture like that of the Maranaos — where multiple families may share one house — the usual 20 to 25 square-meter area of government housing units would not suffice. The concern was also echoed by SHFC President Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling, himself a long time advocate of the right to adequate housing.
Thus, UN-Habitat architects led by their Country Program Manager Christopher Rollo — together with representatives of the displaced families, traditional local leaders and the local government designed units with lofts, which resulted in a total floor area of more than 40 square meters per unit.
I fully agree that culture should always be considered in housing. And I would go even further to say it is about time we adopt a higher minimum floor area for all housing projects because such would be more attuned to the general Filipino culture, as will be illustrated later.
I would add too that housing for Muslim communities — like that for Maranaos — ought to strive for a housing finance that is consistent with Islamic principles. Aside from enhancing cultural adequacy, such effort would open the door to Islamic securitization (i.e. issuance of asset-back sukuk or shari’ah-compliant bonds), which could generate funds to build more communities.
Self-help efforts of Transformers to address inadequacy of government housing units
The inadequacy of public housing units in the Philippines is born by the study of architect Alonso Ayala, a development planner at the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies of Erasmus University in Rotterdam.
His study in government resettlement site in the province of Laguna showed that after resettlement, the families who received housing units went on to incrementally extend their 20-square meter houses to as much as 72 square meters, doubling habitable space per person from around 4 square meters to 8 square meters. This phenomenon illustrates powerfully that, in many cases, the current small-sized housing units provided by the government need to be enlarged.
Ayala found that the extesions were made not only for physical comfort but also for cultural reasons such as to provide separate rooms for boys and girls, to make room for visiting relatives, and to add a “dirty kitchen.” Before my non-filipino friends could start imagining cockroaches crawling everywhere, a “dirty kitchen” is an exterior kitchen where all the cooking – and the gossiping!- happens. Other reasons for the extensions were economic in nature such as to put up a carpentry shop or sari-sari store.
Amusingly, these families who make changes on their units are called “transformers” in academic parlance. But unlike the very quick transformation of robots we see in sci-fi movies, theirs are incremental changes that happen gradually over the years, depending on their changing needs and financial situation. It is no less fantastic though, seeing how these families manage to improve their lives after resettlement as manifested in the transformation of their dwelling.
As Ayala eloquently puts it, the extensions enable the low-income transformers to “find their own way to a better quality of life and therefore fulfill their housing needs and aspirations to a greater degree than compared to the original situation.”
This phenomenon clearly urges us to rethink the size and the design of the housing units that the government currently provides. It also makes the case for participatory approach to housing in order to ensure that what families actually need and aspire to are incorporated in the building of their homes.
PROMOTING THE RIGHT TO ADEQUATE HOUSING
The SHFC encourages families to design their own houses. Thus, those in highly urbanized cities, where residential land is scarce and expensive, are often inspired to include lofts in their design in order to increase habitable space in their small plots. In less urbanized areas, families may design their bungalow houses with larger floor areas and with sturdy foundations to allow for a second floor should they need to expand (“Nakaabang na” as hopeful community members like to put it). Consequently, SHFC has increased its load to enable families to build bigger housing units.
As for ensuring the cultural adequacy of our housing finance, we have sent staff abroad to learn about Islamic finance and have already procured the services of an Islamic housing finance expert. We also studied the opinion of respected Filipino banking law experts who say that it is already feasible to adopt Islamic finance even now because it does not contravene existing Philippines laws on contracts. Once we successfully roll out our Shari’ah-compliant housing projects, we can have the said accounts securitized and issue asset-backed sukuk bond, This can generate much-needed housing funds.
We must provide adequate housing. Doing so means safeguarding culture, aspirations and dignity —none of which you can put a price tag to. 

(Atty. Junefe G. Payot is the Executive Vice President of the Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC), the key housing agency implementing the government’s social housing program. SHFC is headed by its President, Atty. Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling. HUDCC is now the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development also chaired by Sec. del Rosario)

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SHFC FEATURE: Crushing gender stereotypes in the community

Gender equality should benefit men as well

By Rose ariane S. Roxas, Gender equality advocate

Discrimination is man-made. One of the reasons why this exist is because of the culture and tradition that separate men and women in the way they are raised and taught, even in what occupations they take on.

This has produced rigid gender boundaries that disadvantage women. That is why they are often
excluded from development opportunities.
Fortunately, because of the people who worked hard to fight for women’s right, it has been established over time that gender equality is a basic human right. it is also recognized by giving everyone equal opportunities to achieve their full potential as it is critical not only for attaining gender equality, but also for meeting personal goals while contributing to their family and communities, as well as to society at .
If in the past, women were regarded as properties or objects, nowadays, you would hardly hear anyone challenging women’s capabilities and aspiration. They can be airline pilots, engineers, doctors, or whatever it is they want to become.
On the flip side, despite efforts to promote gender equality, some are still confounded when men engage in traditional task associated with wome. Unknown to many, men also suffer from expectations to conform to masculine roles and attitudes of competitiveness and aggresiveness.
These expectations deprive them of the fulfillment that they could get from parenting and having intimate respectful relationships. Gender stereotypes greatly affect development and indeed, human rights are denied. Hence, we tend to violate men’s rights simply because of our expectations of them.
We hardly talk about men being captives of gender stereotyping but it is very apparent that they are.
Gender equality is a big “men issue.” In fact, some men would feel little about themselves, castigated, or easily judged when gender equality is mixed in any topic of discussion.
Emma Watson or “Hermione Granger” in the box-office hit “Harry Potter” series, who is also an ambassadress of UN Women and advocate of HeforShe campaign, said that sometimes, fighting for women’s rights has become “synonymous with man-hating.” Little did we realize that gender equality should benefit men as well. Everyone has to benefit.
(First published in the Ang Bagong Komunidad (January-February 2019 Issue), the Newsletter of the Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC).

SHFC FEATURE: A perfect embodiment of a model community

DOING GOOD IS GOOD BUSINESS: GOLDMINE REAPING REWARDS OF GOOD STEWARDSHIP
Merriam-Webster defines stewardship as “the conducting, supervising, or managing of something, especially the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care.” Embracing this principle as one of its core values, Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) recognized a community in Novaliches, Quezon City for its commitment to sustainability and proper use of resources.
On December 17, 2018, Goldmine Interior Homeowners Association, Inc. (HOAI) received two additional sewing machines (piping and edging) and sewing materials from SHFC. The equipment were part of the supplemental livelihood assistance extended to the community for putting premium on accountability and responsibility in the use of livelihood equipment previously granted to them.
“Ito ay bilang pagkilala sa kanilang pagtugon sa ating hamon na paunlarin at pagyamanin ang naunang tatlong makina na ipinagkaloob noong nakaraang taon,” said Insurance and Community Enhancement Division OIC-Manager Cezar Macaspac. “Nakakatuwa kasi naging successful ‘yung project natin sa Goldmine at nakatulong tayo sa pagbibigay ng livelihood sa kanila. Iyon naman talaga ‘yung goal natin, ang tulungan ang mga communities na maging sustainable pagkatapos nating mai-turn over ang mga units at maibigay ang mga titulo.”
Grateful heart, bigger goals
Finding a steady source of income in urban poor areas used to be a major concern for the majority of 104 homepartners who evacuated from the flood-prone banks of Tullahan River. Before transferring to the High Density Housing project in Barangay Nagkakaisang Nayon, a good number of member-beneficiaries covered their daily expenditure by selling food and other goods on the street, which did not regularly produce a steady return.
“Napakalaking bagay ang ipinagkaloob sa amin ng Social Housing. Nagpapasalamat kami sa magandang oportunidad na ito, said the HOAI’s president, Mr. Ric Edianel, who proudly shared that they have started manufacturing children’s pajamas and caps since they received the additional assistance from SHFC. The association’s seamstresses, now eight-person strong, used to produce only cleaning rags and pillowcases due to limited equipment availability.
With this development, Goldmine checked off another box in its livelihood enhancement project list, but loftier goals lay ahead: according to Mr. Edianel, they are now seeking to seal a deal with a neighboring school to make uniforms and jogging pants for its students. In addition, they are bidding to supply T-shirts for SHFC employees.

One of the objectives of ICED’s livelihood project is to help complement the income of partner-homeowners in communities the agency is supporting. As a pilot recipient of this initiative, Goldmine does not disappoint. From January to December last year, the association boasted a collection efficiency rating of 100 percent.

It is nearly impossible not to commend Goldmine as a perfect embodiment of a model community, but Mr. Edianel is quick to brush off the notion. “Ang iniisip ko lang at ng aking mga kasamang officers ay pagbutihin ang aming proyektong ito,” he said. “Balang araw, hangad din namin na makatulong sa iba pang komunidad.”

Goldmine members are beneficiaries of the Community Mortgage Program (CMP) of the Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC), the state agency implementing the government’s social housing program.

Atty. Maria Rosalie Richa Taguian, Vice President for Program Development and Enhancement, said that the next course of action is to further enhance this intervention. “Now that we have given them the basic tools, the next step is to help them in marketing,” she continued. “We hope to link them with buyers to optimize the result of this project.” Atty. Taguian shared that more livelihood programs for more communities are in the works for the rest of the year. These include conducting manicure and pedicure training and distributing starter kits to partner-homeowners in Zamboanga City.

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SHFC: NO FORECLOSURE VS. DEFAULTING HOUSING LOAN BORROWERS

Seizing shelter not a mandate

“It’s really against our mandate or our basic principle that housing is a right.”

True to its mandate, the state firm Social Housing Finance Corp (SHFC) has refrained from foreclosing loans awarded to the underprivileged and instead provided much leeway for the partner-borrowers to keep up with the very low monthly payment.

SFHC executive vice president Atty. Junefe Payot said the agency instead resorts to fund-generating programs like securitization to ensure that it can cope with the government’s target of a community-based housing program.
“For the longest time, we refrained from proceeding to foreclosure because it’s really against our mandate or our basic principle that housing is a right,” Payot said during Tuesday’s “Straight Talk with Daily Tribune.”
According to Payot, instead of repossession of properties of “highly delinquent” partner-borrowers, SFHC proceeds with the small claims court to “force” payment.
“It worked. It is effective as our collection rate went up,” Payot said.
That’s why we are trying to generate more funds to make sure that that right is upheld.
He said the SFHC’s collection rate is between 70 to 80 percent. The 20 percent comprises the delinquents.
Currently, Payot and SFHC officer-in-charge for securitization Atty. Ann Margarette Vista said they are securitizing P2.3 billion of SFHC’s P17.2 billion receivables.
“Based on the filtered criteria, we derived with asset pool amounting to P2.3 billion. So, that will be securitized,” Vista explained.
She said the securitization could be completed by next year and SHFC has already lined up projects that will benefit from the program.
Latest community in Davao

Meanwhile, SHFC awarded a check worth P13.3 million for the takeout of Sr. Sto. Niño Settlers Homeowners Association Inc. (HOAI) in Barangay Marapangi, Toril District, Davao City recently.
The payment allowed the purchase of about four hectares of land for the benefit of 264 partner-homeowners, the majority of whom were affected by the development of a fish port complex in the coastal area of Daliao.
More than 200 community members and their families attended the ceremony led by SHFC president Atty. Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling.
Cabling congratulated the association for their successful participation in the Community Mortgage Program (CMP), the agency’s flagship initiative, and extolled SHFC’s community-driven approach in delivering shelter solutions for the underprivileged.
Organized in 2002 through the effort of the Assumption Parish Socio-Economic Development Foundation, Sr. Sto. Niño Settlers HOAI is currently headed by Meriam Alvarado.
Its members will pay an average of P343.86 a month for 25 years under the CMP, which aims to improve the living conditions of underprivileged families by giving them affordable financing scheme wherein they can borrow as a community to buy the land they occupy or would like to relocate to.
CMP has provided security of tenure to more than 310,000 families and has released about P15 billion in loan assistance since it was launched in 1988, translating to over 2,700 communities built in the last three decades.
SHFC is the lead agency assisting underprivileged communities to secure land tenure through shelter financing and development solutions by “Building Adequate, Livable, Affordable and Inclusive” Filipino communities. (Published in DAILY TRIBUNE 11/15/19)

HOUSING BODY JOINS COVID-19 INFORMATION CAMPAIGN

DHSUD to tap 24,000 Home Owners Associations (HOAs) for COVID-19 info drive

The Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) is keen on tapping some 24,000 homeowners associations (HOAs) nation-wide in line with its ongoing campaign with regard to disseminating accurate and timely information amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

DHSUD Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario said HOAs can play a crucial role in delivering the right information regarding the department’s policies, regulations, programs and activities to their respective communities in support to President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ).
According to the Secretary, propagating correct information, especially during the COVID-19 crisis, can help improve government-led efforts in addressing the pandemic. “By having close coordination with HOAs, we can assist the national government deliver only the right and proper information down to the community level which is very critical in addressing COVID-19,” Secretary Del Rosario stressed.
Since the implementation of the ECQ last month, DHSUD had implemented key measures in support to the government’s drive in easing the Filipinos’ burden in the housing sector brought about by the crisis.
The first was the declaration of a three-month moratorium on housing and short-term loan payments from DHSUD’s four Key Shelter Agencies (KSAs) – namely the National Housing Authority, Home Development Mutual Fund or PagIbig Fund, Social Housing Finance Corporation and the National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation. The move, which will benefit over 5.5 million member-borrowers, is likely to result in some PHP31.5 billion in non-collection by the KSAs.
The second was the enforcement of a two-month moratorium on in-house financing plans or credit intermediation extended by real estate developers to buyers of subdivision units, as well as condominium projects to be registered with the department.
Secretary Del Rosario had said that the unpaid amortizations during the moratorium will be payable within six months thereafter, “or any option that is mutually agreed upon by buyers and concerned developers,” without incurring any interests or penalties.
He added that the department is continuously seeking other measures that will benefit the country’s housing sector and ease public burden caused by the ongoing crisis. (DHSUD)

SHFC CLIENTS GET LOAN REPRIEVE AMID COVID-19 OUTBREAK

Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC), the lead government agency mandated to undertake socialized housing for low-income earners, is implementing a three-month moratorium on the payment of loan amortization of its partner-homeowners from March 16, 2020 to June 16, 2020. This is SHFC’s answer to the call of President Rodrigo Duterte to exhaust all efforts to respond to the needs of Filipinos amid the threat of COVID-19 in the country.

Aside from the payment extension, no penalties will be charged to accounts whose due dates fall within the period. The loan reprieve was pursuant to the advisory released by the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) after President Rodrigo Duterte placed the entire Luzon region under enhanced community quarantine. SHFC is one of the key shelter agencies under DHSUD.

Partner-homeowners who wish to pay their loan amortization on time can do so in select branches of Land Bank of the Philippines across the nation. As citizens are encouraged not to go outside to avoid contracting the virus, clients can generate their statements of accounts and abstract of collection through the SHFC Portal.

SHFC President Atty. Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling said the agency is one with the entire country in these difficult times. “We want to ease the financial burden of our stakeholders as we face this challenge,” he said.

Meanwhile, SHFC Senior Vice President for Operations Atty. Leo Deocampo said that the moratorium will allow partner-homeowners to focus on meeting their basic needs and security.

SHFC is the lead agency assisting underprivileged communities to secure land tenure through shelter financing and development solutions by Building Adequate, Livable, Affordable, and Inclusive (BALAI) Filipino communities. 7

 

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PHOTONEWS, INFOMERCIAL – SHFC SALUTES FRONTLINERS IN WAR VS. COVID-19

YOU ARE ALL OUR HEROES

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AND SACRIFICE DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIMES

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SHFC GRANTS P1.5 MILLION SUBSIDY TO CONTRACT WORKERS VS. COVID-19 CRISIS

By ROGER M. BALANZA

THE SOCIAL HOUSING FINANCE CORPORATION  (SHFC) has granted P1.5 Million in financial assistance to its contractual workers as emergency cash aid against the adverse economic impact of the New Corona Virus Disease 2019 or Covid-19.

The assistance was approved by the SHFC Board of Directors on March 31 as President Rodrigo Duterte issued a Proclamation of State of National Emergency that placed the country under Community Quarantine and the entire Luzon under an Expanded Community Quarantine.

The emergency declarations practically restricted people movement and closed down business including government local and national agencies, as health authorities battled Covid-19 which to-date has already claimed dozens of lives and thousands of infections.

As the battle against the coronavirus raged, President Duterte  steered Congress into passing the Bayahihan To Heal As One Act which urged national unity against the deadly disease and financial assistance to those adversely affected by the economic dislocation of families, especially the poor.

In approving the resolution (during a video conference) granting financial assistance to its contractual employees, the SHFC Board of Directors noted that the contractual employees, like those in other government agencies who declared a lock down,  were not spared from the economic crisis.

Earlier, Christopher R. Salise,  president of the Social Housing Employees Association Inc. (SHEAI), requested SHFC president Atty. Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling to grant the financial assistance to the contractual employees as SHFC ordered a lock down in compliance with the presidential proclamation.

The employees are hired by the DBP Manpower Division and detailed as contract workers  to SHFC, the government’s key housing agency implementing the country’s socialized housing program.

The SHFC earlier had requested DBP to release the salaries of the workers. 

DBP, however, denied the request because it was running on a skeletal force and has no staff to process the payroll of the contractual workers, who may not also receive salaries while the Expanded Community Quarantine is in effect. This forced the SHFC to dig into its own funds to pay the financial assistance.

“Because of the financial difficulty resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic, our contractual employees need to be financially prepared to enable them to buy enough food and other supplies for their families during this state of pandemic,” said the  resolution of the SHFC Board. 

“The SHC Management, in consultation with the SOHEAI, deemed it justifiable to grant financial assistance to our contractual employees….consistent with the government’s policy directives in containing the adverse impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic” and assisting its contractual workers. The Board also noted that a number of the workers are  “stuck in Manila” and need cash to pay for food and rental fees.

The resolution of the SHFC Board granting emergency assistance to the contractual workers was recommended during a March 25 meeting of the SHFC Management Committee (MC) and the Advisory Council (AC).

In the meeting, the twin body recommended that the SHFC  “grant the much needed financial assistance on account of the financial hardship of the contractual employees whose safety, health and incomes are tested during the Covid-19 crisis, consistent with government directives affecting the poorest who are the most vulnerable.”

The financial assistance is only for contractual employees and not plantilla employees who already availed of early release of salaries and can also avail of loans from the SHFC Provident Fund.

The beneficiaries of the cash aid, amounting to a total of P1,537,200.00, are  457 contractual workers who will get, depending on their job descriptions, amounts of from P2,000 to P4,000. 

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SHFC DONATES TO PHILIPPINE GENERAL HOSPITAL

The Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC)  donated face masks and alcohol to the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) as the country battled the spread of the deadly New Corona Virus 2019 (Covid-19).

This is part of our contribution to help fight Covid-19, said Atty. Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling, president of SHFC, the lead agency implementing the government’s socialized housing program.

The donation consists of  650 pieces of N95 face masks and 10 gallons and 70 liters of alcohol.

With the SHFC Makati main office under lockdown due to President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of a Luzon-wide Expanded Community Quarantine (ECQ), the initiative to deliver the medical supplies to PGH, among government hospitals handling coronavirus-related infections,  were company driver Jose Marie Loza and lady guard  Jasmin Zambrano.

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SHFC: Child-friendly low-cost housing for Pinoys

The Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC), the government agency tasked with implementing socialized housing, not only builds roofs for the country’s homeless.
We also see to it that all our projects are child-friendly, said Atty. Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling, SHFC president.
Cabling said child-friendly features incorporated in the projects are amenities like playgrounds and parks, along with health and educational facilities for children, among others.
PHOTO CAPTION: SHFC Executive Vice President Atty. Junefe Payot, together with Estate Management Division OIC-Manager Philip Robert Flores, had a productive discussion with UNICEF Philippines officials on November 15, ensuring that the existing and future socialized housing projects of the agency are child-friendly.
“Housing is a human right that facilitates the acquisition of other rights such as children’s rights,” Atty. Payot said. SHFC, in this regard, will continuously build partnerships with organizations such as UNICEF to learn better developmental approaches in forging child-friendly communities.
PHOTO CAPTION: No longer living in danger zones where they are threatened by floods, children of recipients of the SHFC low-cost housing project in Naic, Cavite happily pose with pride with their new home at the background 
In Naic, Cavite, children of at least 1,180 families now call as their home a child-friendly housing project at Coastal City, Brgy. Timalan built for them by SHFC. The recipients were Informer Settler Families (ISF) plucked out from danger zones in four rivers of Las Pinas — Almirante Creek, Tar-Tar Creek, Pasong Cobra Creek, and Las Piñas River.
Funded by SHFC,  the P475-million housing project on a five-hectare land was constructed by First RGP Land Development Corporation.
The chosen beneficiaries underwent screening and were validated and certified by the Department of Interior and Local Government; and prequalified by the Social Housing Finance Corporation.
Each unit has a 24-sqm ground floor and a 12-sqm loft. Families will pay P803 monthly during the first year. Payment will increase by 10 percent annually for the next 30 years.

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SHFC: HOW TO AVAIL OF ADDITIONAL HOUSING LOAN

How Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) housing loan recipients can avail of additional loans for home improvement (with photo,  video and infomercial)3

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SHFC: The Community Mortgage Program (CMP)

CMP OVERVIEW AND OBJECTIVES

CMP is a people-led housing finance and community development program implemented by the Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) which assists legally 
organized associations of low-income groups to acquire and develop a tract of land under the concept of community ownership.
 
The primary objective of the program is to assist residents of blighted or depressed areas to own the lots they occupy, or where they choose to relocate to, and 
eventually create sustainable and resilient communities in coordination with the local government units. CMP shall be implemented in various Flexible, Affordable, 
Innovative, and Responsive (FAIR) shetter solutions. 
Below is a schedule of how much a prospective member-beneficiary can borrow from CMP:    
 
· For onsite                            P400,000.00
· For horizontal housing         P480,000.00 up to P580,000.00
· For vertical housing             P600,000.00 up to P750,000.00
· For farmlot                           P350,000 + P50,000 Farmer Support Assistance
 
The loan may be used for land acquisition (Phase 1), site development (Phase 2), and house construction or home improvement (Phase 3)
The determination of final loan amount shall be subject to existing CMP guidelines. The CMP loan will bear 6% interest per year based on the outstanding balance and 
will be payable over a maximum period of 25 years in equal monthly amortizations.
DUE DILIGENCE
The processing of CMP loan applications will essentially involve due diligence verification by SHFC on the CMP loan application and the collateral. Upon acceptance of 
complete documentary requirements, SHFC shall strive to devote no more than one hundred twenty (120) working days to complete the due diligence process from CMP loan application to loan release.
CMP RESETTLEMENT MODALITIES
CMP LOAN COLLATERAL
The land to be acquired by the Community Association (CA) shall serve as the CMP loan collateral, and will be acceptable if the following criteria are met:
1. The title to the land is free from all liens and encumbrances at the time of release of the CMP loan;
2. The land is not classified as agricultural;
3. The land is not within environmentally-constrained/ hazardous or high-risk areas as certified by the DENR and the concerned local government unit;
4. The land has a road right of way or an access road lot to a city, municipal or barangay road; and
5. The landowner should have the legal capacity to sell or transfer the subject property for loan collateral under the CMP.BORROWERS
Tenants/beneficiaries shall form and register a CA, which entity shall borrow and initially own and mortgage the land. Individual beneficiaries’ right over the land and eventual ownership of the lot is achieved through a Lease Purchase Agreement (LPA) with the CA.

ELIGIBILITY OF CMP BORROWERS

1. Filipino citizen, of legal age (18) at the time of the loan application and shall not be more than 60 years old upon loan release;
2. Certifies under oath that he/she has not been a recipient of any CMP loan or other govt. housing programs. Does not own or co-own a real property and is not a professional squatter as defined in RA 7279;
3. Must be a structure owner, a renter or a sharer at the site.DELINQUENCY / DEFAULT
A CA account is considered in default if it is not up to date with its loan amortization payments equivalent to three consecutive months.PENALTIES
In case of non-payment of monthly amortizations on the due date (one month after release of the loan), the CA shall pay a penalty equivalent to 1/15 of 1% for day of delay.INSURANCE
For the duration of the loan, there shall be a Mortgage Insurance on the lives of the principal borrowers as identified in the Master List of Members on a yearly renewable term basis. The insurance premiums shall be included in the monthly amortizations of the members.
SUBSTITUTION OF BENEFICIARIES / FORECLOSURE
The Master list of members submitted as part of the CMP loan application are deemed final and may not be subject to substitution during loan application processing period. A member may be substituted due to the following:
Substitution of beneficiaries:
1. MB has executed a notarized Voluntary Waiver of Rights on his/her allocated lot unit;
2. MB is an absentee MB (absentee is defined as failure to occupy the assigned lot/ unit without justifiable reason within one [1] year from take-out);
3. Existence of a final and executory decision or order from the courts or quasi-judicial body directing the MB to be substituted;
4. Upon death of an MB and his/her Mortgage Redemption Insurance (MRI) proceeds is insufficient to cover arrears in loan amortization; and
5. When any of items as mentioned under CMP Circular No. 046 occurs constituting an event of default under the Lease Purchase Agreement or Lease Agreement signed by the MB and the CA with the community
Renters or sharers in the project sites shall be preferred or prioritized in the substitution process.
The CA shall be responsible for the substitution of the member without prejudice to the right of SHFC to disqualify substitute members if they fail to meet the qualifications of a member or if there is proof of misrepresentation by the CA officers.
COMMUNITY MOBILIZERS (CMP-M)
Accredited CMP-Ms are tasked to assist informal settlers in organizing themselves into CAs. CMP-Ms may either be any government entity, non-government organizations (NGO) and People’s Organizations (PO) and must possess the needed skills to organize communities, document CMP project applications, and provide access to other government agencies involved in the program.

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SHFC: Doubters no more

BULACAN COUPLE SECURES KID’S
FUTURE WITH OWN HOUSE

Owning a house felt like a distant dream for Von Edward Marquez and his wife, Ann, partner-homeowners from Policarpio Ville HOAI of San Jose del Monte, Bulacan. But they were determined to turn it into reality for the future of their child and that dream finally came true on October 9, 2019,  when they received their transfer certificate of title (TCT) from SHFC.
Ann vividly recalled the struggle of renting while starting their family back in 2016. “Dati sa Quezon City po kami nakatira. Kakakasal lang po namin noon at nangungupahan lang kami,” she shared. Edward echoed the sentiment, noting that they spent P4,500 per month for a small apartment. “Grabe po ang hirap. Imbes na ipunin namin para sa anak namin ‘yung binabayad namin, sa renta lang napupunta ‘yung pera.”
It was in that same year when the young couple found out about CMP. After the local government and original landowners decided that the lot is best suited for CMP due to the existing presence of informal settler families, those who were living within one kilometer from the project reached out, including Edward and Ann,
“Sa totoo lang po, noong nabanggit sa amin ang CMP, medyo nag-doubt kami pero ang sabi namin, wala namang masama kung susubukan mo ‘di ba?” Ann asked. Given the soaring prices of land nowadays, the mother of two feels extremely lucky that they are only paying about P300 a month for their lot in Barangay Mulawin.
Edward, out of gratitude, could not help but recognize the extra effort, concern, and passion shown by SHFC employees in dealing with them. “Salamat sa malasakit ng Social Housing at nakita namin na talagang tutok sila sa mga beneficiaries, talagang pinagpuyatan nila, at dugot pawis ang inalay nila para maisakatuparan ‘yung mga pangarap ng mga nagtitiwala sa kanila,” he said.
The Marquez family gladly built not only their first home in Policarpio Ville HOAI but also the foundation and future of their family. “Sobrang saya po at nagpapasalamat kami kay Lord kasi sa murang edad namin, nagkaroon kami ng investment na magagamit din ng anak namin sa future,” Ann said.
Aside from Edward and Ann, 18 other partner-homeowners received their TCT that day in a ceremony led by SHFC Central Luzon Branch. Mobilized by the local government of San Jose del Monte, Policarpio Ville HOAI is composed of 83 members and is currently headed by Victoria Fernandez.

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SHFC – ANSWERED PRAYER: LAGUNA MOM GETS OWN LAND THROUGH GOD’S GRACE

The moment Ma. Cristina Tabilog of Sto. Niño Nurpa HOAI got hold of her own TCT on October 25 in San Pablo, Laguna, she immediately pointed to the sky and whispered a silent prayer of thanks. “Napatunayan ko po talaga na sapat at mabuti ang Diyos sa buhay ng mga taong nagtitiwala sa kanya,” she said, with emotions effusing from her voice.
It’s normal for mothers to take risks for the betterment of their family. Cristy, as she is fondly called, still remembers the time when they made a gamble in 2006, when her family left their rented apartment in Bicol in search of a better life in Laguna. “Noong lumipat kami dito, walang-wala talaga kami,” she shared. “Ang dala lang talaga namin ay kapirasong damit, isang kaldero, at isang kalan.” But with her and her husband’s hard work and a strong belief in God, their family is now blessed with a small sari-sari store and a buko-pie business, which are their primary source of income that supports their daily needs and pays their bills, including their monthly amortization with SHFC. 
According to Cristy, she did not think twice to grab the opportunity to own a piece of land in Barangay Sto. Niño under CMP. Like any doting mother, she always wanted the best for her five children. “Iniisip ko po kasi ‘yung mga anak ko. Wala akong maipapamana sa kanila, kaya kaming mag-asawa nagsikap talaga na magkaroon kami ng sariling bahay,” she said. “Kasi sa lugar na pinanggalingan namin, wala rin kaming sariling bahay.” 
Evidently, Cristy’s strong faith in God and perseverance has put the former bakery attendant to achieve what she has right now-a supportive family, a booming business, and her own land title. And this made her lost for words. “Masayang masaya po ako talaga ngayong araw na ito,” said the 43-year-old, who shared that she marked her calendar at home to remind her of this day. “Lahat ng meron ako ngayon ay inaalay ko sa Diyos.”
Cristy was one of the 19 partner-homeowners who received their respective TCT from SHFC in a ceremony led by South Luzon Area Manager Julita Parreño. Sto. Niño Nurpa is composed of 192 members and was mobilized by Tulong at Silungan ng Masa Foundation, Inc.

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SHFC – Excitement and sense of ownership after 25 years

WITH TITLE ON HAND, PAMPANGA BUDDIES SEE MORE SUNNY DAYS AHEAD

The sun in the municipality of Magalang in Pampanga was as bright as ever on the morning of September 16, 2019. It carried a radiance of promise, just like the aura of excitement that was building up on the faces of Joseph David and Ariel Layug as they eagerly waited for their names to be called on stage to get their respective transfer certificate of title from SHFC.
For the best buddies, nothing could quite top off more than two decades of diligently paying their respective monthly amortization than the satisfaction and sense of ownership in finally receiving their land titles. “Masayang-masaya ako kasi pagkatapos ng matagal na panahon, nakamit din namin ito,” said Joseph, who drives trucks for a living. “Twenty-five years namin itong binuno. Nagkaproblema pa nga kami noon sa unang presidente namin, buti na lang naayos na ang lahat ngayon.”
His sentiment was shared by Ariel, who could not contain his joy over the moment. “Syempre masaya, sino ba naman ang hindi matutuwa na may sariling titulo ka na,” said the 45-year-old, who serves as one of the association’s board of directors. “Sa haba ng panahon ng paghihintay, natapos din. Kaya salamat sa Social Housing.”
Joseph and Ariel are particularly blissful that they and the other community members can now finally call themselves house and lot owners. They feel fortunate that they will not experience the difficulty of renting a house again. “Mahirap kasi talaga ang nangungupahan kasi pag nagbayad ka, kinabukasan may utang ka na ulit,” Ariel pointed out. “Eh dito (sa programa ng SHFC), kada bayad namin pagdating ng araw sa amin na ang lupa.”
Joseph could not agree more with his friend. “Maswerte kami kasi sa panahon ngayon murang-mura na talaga ito,” he said of their P110-monthly amortization. “Mas maganda kung magkakaroon pa ng ganitong programa ang SHFC para mas madami pang taga-rito ang magkabahay.”
The best buddies are two of the 22 partner-homeowners of St. Francis HOAI who received their respective title from SHFC in a ceremony led by the Central Luzon Branch at the covered court of San Francisco Elementary School. As the awarding came to a close, the sunlight shone upon Joseph and Ariel as they walked out of the venue and enjoyed the morning’s fresh air, carrying with them promise of sunny days ahead.

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SOCIAL HOUSING FINANCE CORPORATION

Mandate
The SHFC shall be the lead government agency to undertake social housing programs that will cater to the formal and informal sectors in the low-income bracket.
Our Vision
SHFC shall provide 530,000 organized homeless and low-income families with Flexible, Affordable, Innovative, and Responsive (FAIR) shelter solutions to their housing needs.

Our Mission
We empower and uplift the living conditions of underprivileged communities by Building Adequate Livable Affordable and Inclusive (BALAI) Filipino Communities
through provision of FAIR shelter solutions in strong partnerships with the national and local government, as well as the civil society organizations and the private
sector to support the underprivileged communities.

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POHOTONEWS: SHFC INSTALLS CAIS KIOSK FOR BORROWERS’ INFO IN CEBU & DAVAO

GOOD NEWS to housing loan borrowers of the Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) in Cebu and Davao.
You can generate your Abstract of Collection and Statement of Account in just a few clicks with Community Association Information System (CAIS) kiosk. It has an interactive touch-screen interface providing flexibility to partner-homeowners on their collection-related information needs.
SHFC going online to give accounts information to borrowers through the CAIS Kiosks, is an information technology innovation introduced by SHFC president Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling.

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Del Rosario vows affordable, resilient housing units for Pinoys

Human Settlements and Urban Development Secretary Eduardo del Rosario has vowed to provide low-cost housing projects to all Filipinos, serving with integrity and corrupt-free businesses.
Marking the first founding anniversary of the newly created Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) on February 14, del Rosario said the department seeks to produce more affordable, livable and resilient housing units for Filipinos.
FIRST YEAR IN SERVICE. The newly created Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) will be celebrating its first founding anniversary on February 14. DHSUD is responsible for establishing Housing One-Stop Processing Centers (HOPCs) in the regions to centralize the processing of housing-related documents. (Contributed photo/DHSUD)
“When you say resilient, meaning, it needs to be durable and not a substandard type of housing unit. We will concentrate on that and maybe we can undertake other modalities based on the government required budget,” he told the Philippine News Agency in an interview recently.
He said part of the department’s strategy is to expand and enhance its networking with all of its stakeholders to ensure that the regulatory aspect, finance method, and its production will complement the desire of the government to give more financial assistance to those who need it.
HOUSING CZAR Secretary Eduardo del Rosario, left, and Atty. Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling, President of the Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC), a line agency of the Department of Human Settlement and Urban Housing (DHSUD) at the 16th Founding Anniversary of SHFC held in Makati City on January 24. SHFC is tasked with implementing the  government’s socialized housing program. 
At the forefront of the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte’s housing program is the Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC), a line agency of the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD), tasked with implementing the government’s socialized housing program. Headed by its president, Atty. Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling, SHFC grants low-interest long-term loans to the poorest of homeless Pinoys through its flagship project, Community Mortgage Program (CMP). At the 16th SHFC Founding Anniversary on January 24, 2020, held in Makati City, Del Rosario and Cabling announced that loan interest on socialized housing had been reduced from 6% to 2%.
“The rules and regulations and the policies must complement our desire to give more financial assistance,” del Rosario  added, noting that the department considers housing projects as a need and right of all Filipinos.
He said the department’s responsibility is to ensure, assist, and support the people to realize their dreams in getting their own houses.
“I’m seeing that the key in housing production will be more on networking with private sectors, (so) there will an interplay with our networking system-that our regulatory aspect, our finance and production must be complimentary,” he added.
New targets
Del Rosario added that the department might enter joint-venture agreements and private-public partnerships (PPP) to enhance its delivery of more housing units at low prices.
He said the department might enter into a rental housing concept that will benefit Filipino families to pay lower lease-fee amounting from PHP1,000 to PHP1,500 which is “definitely much cheaper than the commercial rate of the house rental.”
Under Republic Act 11201 signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte on Feb. 14, 2019, the new department is responsible for establishing Housing One-Stop Processing Centers (HOPCs) in the regions to centralize the processing of housing-related documents.
The law cited the need for underprivileged and homeless Filipinos to have access to safe and affordable housing.
“The State shall, by law and for the common good, undertake, in cooperation with the private sector, a continuing program of housing and urban development which shall make available at affordable cost, decent housing, and basic services to underprivileged and homeless citizens in urban centers and resettlement areas,” the law stated.
Del Rosario said he was “given the disciplinary power to ensure that the personnel of the key shelter agencies are doing what is expected for them as professional employees on the housing sector.”
He added that under his watch, the department would raise the bar of integrity in the housing sector and set a standard in the ease of doing business.
“This is one key to eliminate corruption, to strictly observe the ease of doing business and I would not like to hear as I’ve told my officials, if I will be hearing complaints coming from the ground, I would like to assure them, as a friendly reminder, that I will investigate,” he said, adding that if someone is found guilty of corruption, a sanction will be strictly imposed.
“We are here to serve. We must serve with integrity and possible corruption-free department,” he said.
The DHSUD consolidates the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council and the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board.

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SHFC CUTS DOWN INTEREST ON SOCIALIZED HOUSING LOANS FOR HOMELESS PINOYS (Video and photo)

At the “Ulat sa Pamayanan” Press Conference during the 16th Founding Anniversary of the Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) held in Makati City on January 24, 2020, Secretary Eduardo del Rosario, chairman of the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD), announced that SHFC, headed by Atty. Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling, will reduce interest on socialized housing loans under  the SHFC  Community Mortgage Program (CMP) from 6% to 2%. Cabling said the lowered interest rate is a gift of President Rodrigo Duterte to the country’s homeless.

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HOUSING CZAR DEL ROSARIO: SHFC has housing program for Taal Volcano eruption victims (video and Photo)

At the “Ulat sa Pamayanan” Press Conference during the 16th Founding Anniversary of the Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) held in Makati City on January 24, 2020, Secretary Eduardo del Rosario, chairman of the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD), announced that SHFC, headed by Atty. Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling, along with the National Housing Agency (NHA), has a contingency housing plan for Batangas City residents affected by the Taal Volcano eruption.

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IN RETROSPECT

PHOTONEWS: SHFC 16th Anniversary Feature

 

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50,000 Informal Settler Families (ISF) resettled under Duterte administration

A highlight of the Duterte administration’s housing
program for homeless, low-income earning Filipinos

The Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) reported about 50,000 relocated Informal Settler Families (ISF) benefitting from the government’s socialized housing since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office in 2016.

SHFC, the government agency implementing the government’s socialized housing program headed by its president, Atty. Arnolfo Ricardo Arnolfo Cabling, bared the accomplishment on January 20, as it started a 5-day series of activities marking its 16th Founding Anniversary.
The SHFC is one of housing line agencies under the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD), created by Republic Act No. 11201 of 2019. DHSUD, which started its full implementation in January 2020, is headed by Secretary Eduardo del Rosario, former chairman of the defunct Housing and Urban Development Council (HUDCC) and current chair of Bangon Marawi.
SHFC provides funding for low-cost, long-term socialized housing loans for ISFs displaced from shorelines and rivers and other risk areas, including homeless low-income formal settlers who want to avail of the government’s socialized housing program.
The housing loans are coursed through community associations or homeowners’ associations under the SHFC’s Community Mortgage Program (CMP), the agency’s flagship
program.
The CMP housing loan program consists of lot acquisition, house and lot and house and lot with land development packages.
The SHFC’s other program is the ambitious High Density Housing (HDH) project, space- saving condominium-type multi-storey buildings that can house thousands of beneficiaries.
The HDH project is seen as a flexible, affordable, innovative, and responsive solution to address the housing and shelter needs of the ISFs in urban centers.
SHFC’s Corporate Accomplishment Report for 2019 will be officially presented to the agency’s Board of Directors and the public and its various stakeholders on January 24, the culminating event of the anniversary celebration where the Duterte administration’s housing program for homeless, low-income earning Filipinos will be highlighted.
In its report, SHFC placed the number of ISF beneficiaries at 32,751 for year 2019. The figure is twice the number of beneficiaries (about 16,000) in 2018 and thrice (about 11,000) that in 2017.
For ISF beneficiaries in 2019 alone, the take-out was 15,735 in Luzon, 6.997 in the National Capital Region (NCR) and 5,600 in Mindanao.
Cabling said the 2019 growth of the number of beneficiaries in 2019 can be ascribed to SHFC’s establishment of regional and satellite offices, now numbering 20, throughout the country.
He also gave credit to the agency’s Mobilizers, a private support group trained on SHFC’s housing loan programs who assist in organizing community and homeowners’ associations and on how to avail of the CMP; and Local Government Units (LGUs) who entered into Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with SHFC providing funding for their local housing
programs. 
Photo Caption: CONDOMINIUMS FOR HOMELESS FILIPINOS. Ciudad de Strike 2 in Bacoor City in Cavite, a P648 million High Density Housing (HDH) project of the Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) in tandem with the Bacoor City government, composed of 20 condo-type 3-storey buildings, is now home to 1,440 Informal Settler Families (ISFs) displaed from shorelines and rivers and other risk areas of Bacoor, Las Pinas and Paranaque. Another project, Ciudad de Strike 1, is being built this year in Bacoor, also at a cost of P648-million for another batch of 1,440 beneficiaries. (Photo by Sylvester C. Balanza)

SPECIAL REPORT: SHFC cuts down socialized housing loan interest from 6 percent to 2 percent

The government agency tasked with funding housing for the country’s homeless families has cut down interest on socialized housing loans from 6 percent to 2 percent.

Secretary Eduardo del Rosario, chief of the newly-created Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD), and Atty. Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling, president of the Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC), bared the bonanza for the country’s homeless during  the 16th SHFC Founding Anniversary celebration held on January 24, 2020 in Makati City.

The new reduced interest rates, approved by the SHFC Board of Directors last year, covers loan applications for socialized housing starting January 2022. 

Under the new scheme, borrowers with low income — households  within the two lowest income decile (bracket), including those below the poverty threshold based on latest results of the Family Income and Expenditure Survey — will pay interest rate of only 2 percent from the previous 6 percent. Moreover, the repayment term under the new scheme has been extended from 25 years to 35 years.

To benefit from the reduced interest, borrowers must avail of the SHFC’s full package scheme consisting of a loan for lot acquisition, site development and house construction under its Community Mortgage Program (CMP). Duly organized and registered homeowners associations and community associations shall serve as conduit of the housing loans.

The reduced interest rates will also benefit borrowers above low-income earners. Families in the 3rd decile will now pay interest of 4%, while those in the 4th to 7th decile will pay 4.5%. Families in the 8th to 10th decile or those with highest paying capacity, will continue to be charged the 6% interest, but with repayment terms extended to 30 years.

In his speech at the Founding Anniversary’s Ulat sa Pamayanan (Report to the People), del Rosario said the CMP’s reduced interest rate of 2 percent is the lowest ever in the history of housinf finance in the country.

CMP, the SHFC flagship program, has already benefited over 350,000 borrowers through over P16 Billion in loan assistance for socialized housing. In 2019 alone, about P2.8 Billion was extended to 32,797 beneficiaries. The figure is a record -high performance for CMP, twice that of the previous year and thrice that in 2017.

SHFC records show that  80% of the beneficiaries  are Informal Settler Families (ISF) displaced from shorelines, rivers and other risk areas, indicating that the biggest beneficiary of the housing program of the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte are the poorest of the homeless Filipinos.

SHFC DEFAULTING HOUSING LOAN BORROWERS TOLD: AVAIL OF CONDONATION

HERE IS GOOD NEWS FOR HOUSING LOAN BORROWERS OF THE SOCIAL HOUSING FINANCE CORPORATION (SHFC) WHO DEFAULTED ON THEIR AMORTIZATION

 

For those who have already availed of loans but are falling behind on their payments, SHFC will alleviate their burden and get them fully on track to their dream home by availing  of our penalty condonation program, said the government agency that provides low-interest, long-term social housing loans to  under-privileged communities and homeless Filipinos through the SHFC Community Mortgage Program (CMP).

SHFC announced the saving grace for borrowers defaulting on their monthly payments as it celebrated its 16th Founding Anniversary on January 24, 2020 in Makati City.
“This is our gift to our low-income clients on  the occasion of our anniversary,” said SHFC president Atty. Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling.
Cabling  urged CMP partner-homeowners to avail of this last chance to restructure their loan; otherwise, they will face a collection suit or foreclose.
The condonation is in line with Republic Act No. 9507 or the Socialized and Low-Cost Housing Loan Restructuring and Condonation Program.
“We are hoping that our partner-homeowners will immediately fill their application before the program ends in 2021,” said Cabling.
The loan restructuring scheme covers partner-homeowners with accumulated arrears equivalent to at least three months amortizations, except those who have previously availed of the benefits.
The loan relief initiative will give economically depressed partner-homeowners an opportunity to easily update their accounts because they will no longer pay the accumulate penalties and surcharges incurred from unpaid amortization and thereby save their homes from foreclosure, said Cabling.
The condonation program is one of two big news announced as SHFC celebrated its Founding Anniversary.

 

Secretary Eduardo del Rosario, chief of the newly-created Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD), and Guest Speaker of the anniversary event, and president Cabling also bared that interest loans for socialized housing loans under the SHFC’s CMP program will be reduced from 6% to 2%.
The new reduced interest rates, approved by the SHFC Board of Directors last year, covers loan applications for socialized housing starting January 2022. 
Under the new scheme, borrowers with low income — households  within the two lowest income decile (bracket), including those below the poverty threshold based on latest results of the Family Income and Expenditure Survey — will pay interest rate of only 2 percent from the previous 6 percent. Moreover, the repayment term under the new scheme has been extended from 25 years to 35 years.
To benefit from the reduced interest, borrowers must avail of the SHFC’s full package scheme consisting of a loan for lot acquisition, site development and house construction under its Community Mortgage Program (CMP). Duly organized and registered homeowners associations and community associations shall serve as conduit of the housing loans.
The reduced interest rates will also benefit borrowers above low-income earners. Families in the 3rd decile will now pay interest of 4%, while those in the 4th to 7th decile will pay 4.5%. Families in the 8th to 10th decile or those with highest paying capacity, will continue to be charged the 6% interest, but with repayment terms extended to 30 years.

SHFC EXPANDS HOUSING LOAN MODALITIES TO 12 SECTORS

From resettling to safe homes Informal Settler Families (ISF) in rivers, shorelines and other risk areas, the Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) is going to the ruins of Marawi City to provide low-cost, long-term housing loans to residents who lost their homes in the siege by terrorist of the Muslim City in 2017. And more. SHFC, the government agency tasked with providing socialized housing to homeless Filipinos, could even go to the mountains to build homes for the lumads or to areas ravaged by typhoons, earthquakes and other natural disasters to build houses for the displaced.

The SHFC is reinforcing its wings to reach out to more sectors to achieve its mission to provide houses to about 500,000 homeless Pinoys by the end of the term of President Rodrigo Duterte.

 

To date, the SHFC’s flagship program Community Mortgage Program (CMP) has already benefited, since its inception,  about 350,000 families through assistance of more than P16 Billion in housing loans to homeless Filipinos.
The race to build low-cost housing is fast-paced as SHFC attempts to do its part to meet its target.
Secretary Eduardo del Rosario, chair of the newly-created Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD), has dire forebodings for the future of the housing needs of  Filipinos: 6.5 million by 2022 and ballooning to 20.5 million in 2040 if nothing is done to avert the sad scenario of millions of homeless Pinoys.
DHSUD, created by President Rodrigo Duterte on February 14, 2019, is a merger of the erstwhile Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), then also chaired by del Rosario, and the now defunct Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB). Now the country’s primary regulatory and policy-making housing body, DHSUD came into operation in January 2020.
In achieving its mission to provide homes to the homeless Filipinos, DHSUD will be backed up by its line agencies: Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC), National Housing Authority (NHA), National Home Mortgage Finance Corp. (NHMFC), Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-ibig Fund) and Home Guarantee Corp. (HGC)
To keep pace with the growing demand for safe, resilient, and sustainable housing, SHFC is introducing trailblazing financing programs with the launch of 12 CMP modalities.
The 12 modalities were announced on January 24, 2020, by del Rosario and Atty. Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling, President of SHFC, during the 16th Founding Anniversary of SHFC in Makati City.
They are the Housing for Peace Process & Nation Building, which is currently being implemented in Zamboanga City and Marawi City, and Post Disaster Recovery and Rehabilitation, which is offered for families affected by disasters such as those rendered homeless by Typhons Yolanda and Sendong.
The other CMP modalities are On-Site and Site Upgrading/Development, Special/National Government Agency Projects, Local Government Unit, Sectoral, Farm lot, Industrial workers, Culturally Sensitive/Indigenous People, Vertical, Mixed-Use/Township, and Turnkey/Public and Private Partnership.
At the anniversary event, Cabling also bared that SHFC is pruning down of interest on housing loans from 6% to 2%; and agency’s housing loan condonation program for defaulting borrowers that would last in 2021.

 

SHFC adopts new pro-poor shelter financing measures

Marks 16th anniversary with breakthrough accomplishments

MAKATI CITY, Jan. 27–The Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC), the lead government agency mandated to undertake socialized housing for low-income earners, is celebrating its 16th anniversary by launching new schemes that will help more poor families realize their dreams of owning a home.

The Community Mortgage Program (CMP), SHFC’s flagship program, has benefited more than 350,000 families through over P16 billion in loan assistance since its inception in 1988. In 2019 alone, the agency recorded the highest takeout ever by assisting a total of 32,797 partner-homeowners through housing loans amounting to P2.48 billion. This number of partner-homeowners is twice that of the previous year and nearly thrice that of 2017.
Meanwhile, SHFC’s collections reached P1.11 billion in 2019, up 8 percent from the year prior. The agency’s current collection efficiency rating of 72.03 percent is significantly higher than the 69.05 percent it posted in 2018. These achievements can be attributed to the decentralized approach of SHFC, which saw the opening of several branches nationwide, and to its strategy of working closely with local governments.
This year, SHFC expects to assist more low-income families own their homes because starting January, the agency is adopting reduced or socialized interest rates for full package availment of loans under the CMP. A full package consists of a loan for lot acquisition, site development, and house construction. The socialized rates will ease the constraints that low-income CMP borrowersface when paying their monthly amortization.
Under the socialized approach, borrowers with lower household income will pay lower interest rates. Thus, households within the lowest two income deciles – including those with incomes below the poverty threshold based on the results of the latest Family Income and Expenditure Survey – will pay an interest rate of only 2 percent. This new rate is a huge reduction from the original 6 percent. It is also the lowest ever in the history of housing finance in the country. In addition, the repayment term is extended to 35 years from the original 25 years in order to further ease the burden on the lowest income borrowers, who comprise the majority of CMP availers.
Families in the 3rd decile pay an interest rate of 4 percent, while those in the 4th to 7th decile pay 4.5 percent. Families in the 8th to 10th decile, or those who have the highest capacity to pay, will continue to be charged at the original rate of 6 percent. They will all have a repayment term of 30 years.
For those who have already availed of loans but are falling behind on their payments, SHFC also seeks to alleviate their burden and get them on track to their dreams by offering the penalty condonation program under Republic Act 9507. The loan restructuring scheme covers partner-homeowners with accumulated arrearages equivalent to at least three months amortizations, except those who have previously availed of the benefits.
This loan relief initiative will give economically depressed partner-homeowners an opportunity to easily update their accounts because they will no longer have to pay the accumulated penalties and surcharges incurred from unpaid amortization. As a result, they will be able to save their homes. “This is our gift to our low-income clients on the occasion of our anniversary,” said SHFC President Atty. Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling, who urged CMP partner-homeowners to avail of this last chance torestructure their loans; otherwise, they will face a collection suit or foreclosure. “Thus, we are hoping that partner-homeowners will immediately file their applications before the program ends in 2021.”
To keep pace with the growing demand for safe, resilient, and sustainable housing, SHFC is introducing trailblazing financing programs with the launch of 12 CMP modalities. These include Housing for Peace Process & Nation Building, which is currently being implemented in Zamboanga City and Marawi City, and Post-Disaster Recovery and Rehabilitation, which is offered for families affected by disasters such as those rendered homeless by Typhoons Yolanda and Sendong.
Other CMP modalities are On-Site and Site Upgrading/Development, Special/National Government Agency Projects, Local Government Unit, Sectoral, Farm Lot, Industrial Workers, Culturally Sensitive/Indigenous People, Vertical, Mixed-Use/Township, and Turnkey/Public and Private Partnership.
The public can expect efficient implementation of SHFC’s programs because it has been recertified as conforming to ISO 9001:2015 standards by SOCOTEC Certification International. The certification was issued on December 19, 2019, affirming yet again SHFC’s conformity to international quality standards in its core processes and its Quality Management System. SHFC has been ISO-certified since 2016.
SHFC is the lead agency assisting underprivileged communities to secure land tenure through shelter financing and development solutions by Building Adequate, Livable, Affordable, and Inclusive (BALAI) Filipino communities. 

PHOTONEWS: SHFC, Magalang LGU sign MOU on socialized housing

SOCIAL HOUSING FINANCE CORPORATION (SHFC) President Atty. Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling and Magalang, Pampanga Mayor Romulo Pecson sign Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on financing of socialized housing projects of the Magalang Local Government Unit (LGU) on January 23, 2020 at the  Magalang Town Plaza, witnessed by  Assistant Secretary Leira Buan of the Department of Housing Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD).

VIDEONEWS: PBS Lucena City – TALK OF THE MOMENT with SHFC’s Jimmy Manes

Talk of the Moment sa DWLC 1017AM Radyo Pilipinas Lucena with OIC-Vice President for South Luzon Operations Jimmy Manes on programs and projects of the Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) in Lucena City.

 

SHFC HOLDS “DAGAN PARA BALAY” FUN RUN IN ZAMBOANGA

DAGAN PARA BALAY

The Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) Region 9 North Operation, in partnership with the Zamboanga del Norte Homeowners Association Federation, organized a fun run with the theme “Dagan para Balay” in Dipolog City on January 26.

More than 500 partner-homeowners, including their children, participated in the activity—a first of its kind for SHFC. The participants were beneficiaries of the Community Mortgage Program (CMP), the flagship program of the SHFC, the government agency assisting homeless Filipinos with funding for low-interest, long-term socialized housing loans.

The fun run was aimed at strengthening the sense of community among the members and rallying them around the idea that every individual has a right to adequate housing. The Community Mortgage Program helps uphold that right through affordable and holistic housing solutions.

In his inspirational message, Executive Vice President Atty. Junefe Payot encouraged those who have not yet completed their loan applications to keep pursuing their dreams of owning a house.

“Whatever your pace, as long as you do not stop, you will eventually reach the finish line like you just did this morning,” he said.

Atty. Payot also congratulated the participants for their strong commitment to their future and those of their children as shown by their readiness to wake up at four in the morning to join the fun run.

PHOTONEWS: SHFC, Floridablanca LGU sign MOU on socialized housing

Nilagdaan ng Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) at Pamahalaang Lokal ng Floridablanca, Pampanga ang isang Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) noong Enero 23 para sa mas pinaigting na implementasyon ng mga programang pabahay sa munisipalidad.

Ang MOU ay pinirmahan nina SHFC President Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling at Floridablanca Mayor Darwin R. Manalansan na sinaksihan nina Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) Assistant Secretary Leira Buan at Floridablanca Vice Mayor Michael Galang sa Floridablanca Sports Center, Pampanga.

PHOTONEWS: SHFC, Guagua LGU sign MOU on socialized housing

Isinagawa noong Huwebes, Enero 23, ang Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing ceremony sa pagitan ng Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) at Pamahalaang Lokal ng Guagua, Pampanga para sa mas mabilis na paghahatid ng ligtas at disenteng pabahay.

Ang MOU signing ay pinangunahan nina SHFC President Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling at Guagua Mayor Dante Torres na dinaluhan nina DHSUD Assistant Secretary Leira Buan at Guagua Vice Mayor Sajid Khan Eusoof.

PHOTONEWS: SHFC 16th Anniversary Feature

IN RETROSPECT – Housing the nation throughout the years

Attended:

16th SHFC FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

JANUARY 22, 23, 24, 25,  2020 – MAKATI CITY

 

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Consultant: ROGELIO M. BALANZA

ACCOMPLISHMENT REPORT

Months of November and December 2019
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ACCOMPLISHMENT REPORT

Month of November 2019

PUBLISHED NEWS REPORTS/PHOTONEWS/COLUMNS (All stories posted in the websites DURIAN POST (durianburgdavao.com) and TOPNEWSNOW (topnews1948.com)
1. SHFC BUILDS TWO-STOREY 616-UNIT HOUSING FOR DAPITAN CITY DISPLACED FAMILIES
November 29, 2019
DAPITAN CITY – The SHFC Department of Engineering headed by OIC-Vice President Engr. Elsa Juliana Calimlim conducts the first pre-construction training for the officers of Sulangon Heights Homeowners Association, Inc., the local government of Dapitan City, and the contractor of forthcoming project  that will benefit about 616 informal settlers who were affected by natural calamities, implementation of various government projects and those living in hazard-prone areas.
The SHFC Department of Engineering created in October 2018, ensures site suitability requirements of all projects, monitors house construction and site development, and ensures that they comply with all national and local technical regulations.
The construction of the medium rise building at Barangay Sulangon, follows the signing in September 6, 2018 of a Memorandum of Understanding  by Cabling and Mayor Rosalina Jalosjos.
Under the MOU, the SHFC will construct the housing units at the seven hectare lot in Sulangon owned by the City Government of Dapitan which it acquired from a Filipino-Chinese couple in 2003.
The SHFC is the government agency implementing the government’s socialized housing program.
There are now about 160 families, who are members of the Sulangon Heights Homeowners Association Inc., (SHOAI), who qualified for the first batch of the project.
During its ground-breaking ceremony, Mayor Jalosjos said the housing project is a realization of her long-time dream to provide home to the homeless Dapitanons.
Cabling lauded Dapitan City LGU for its cooperation and active participation, willingness to provide a lot for the project, and the development of the project site like the construction of concrete road and drainage canal.
Monthly amortization of about P1,807.62, is payable for 30 years by the beneficiaries.
2. Informal settlers get new homes in Bacoor City
November 29, 2019
BACOOR CITY, Cavite – Over 1,400 families who used to live along the riverside, hazardous, and vulnerable areas in the cities of Las Pi?as and Para?aque officially moved into a decent, safe, accessible, and quality housing in Ciudad De Strike 2, Bayanan in Molino 1 here on November 23
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Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) president, lawyer Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling, city officials led by Mayor Lani Mercado-Revilla and Cavite 2nd District Rep. Strike Revilla and Ciudad de Strike Homeowners Association Inc. president Florencio Parader led the ceremonial turn over of the symbolic key to the housing facility.
Parader, speaking on behalf of his members, expressed gratitude for the project.
“Sana ay mas marami pang matulungan para magkaroon ng disenteng pabahay.” (I am hoping more people will benefit from this project which aim to provide decent housing).
The housing project was made possible through a memorandum of understanding between the SHFC and the city government of Bacoor for the delivery of quality and community-driven shelter solutions under SHFC’s flagship program Community Mortage Program (CMP).
The CMP is a mortgage financing program of the SHFC which assists legally organized associations of underprivileged and homeless citizens to purchase and develop a tract of land under the concept of community ownership.
Ciudad de Strike 2 has a total of 20 three-story buildings, with each of these accommodating some 72 families.
The PHP648-million project, which started in July 2016 and completed in September this year, is comprised of 1,440 units, each measuring 30 square meters, with a room for a loft.
SHFC is a government-owned and controlled corporation (GOCC) created in 2004 through Executive Order No. 272 which mandates the agency to carry out socialized housing programs such as the CMP, “Abot Kaya Pabahay Fund (AKPF) Program and other social housing windows for the benefit of underprivileged communities that belong to the low income bracket.
3. Housing for Bacoor informal settlers to rise in 2021
November 29, 2019
BACOOR CITY, Cavite – More than 1,000 informal settler families (ISFs) living along this city’s coastal and waterways are the target beneficiaries in the new housing project of Social Housing Finance Corp (SHFC) dubbed Ciudad de Strike 1 located at Bayanan, Molino 1 here.
Cavite 2nd District Rep. Strike Revilla announced that the project is “exclusively for Bacoor City’s ISFs.
During the groundbreaking rites on Saturday of the project site, Revilla was joined by SHFC officials led by its president, lawyer Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling and Mayor Lani Mercado Revilla.
As part of the memorandum of understanding between the SHFC and the city government of Bacoor, Revilla said the Phase 2 component will accommodate some ISFs from Las Piñas and Parañaque cities.
“Sabi ko to SHFC hati tayo, ganun din dapat ang para sa Bacooreños na talaga namang pinaglaban ng ating mayora at city council,” (I said we divide it, we shall allocate the same to Bacoorenos which our city mayor and council fought for),” Revilla said.
The groundbreaking ceremony was held after the SHFC acquired the three-hectare lot where Ciudad de Stike 1 will rise, which is seen to provide decent, accessible and safe housing for families living in the city’s waterways.
Just like in Ciudad de Strike 2, the Phase 1 project will involve the construction of 20 three-story buildings, accommodating some 72 families per building and the standard housing unit will have a floor area of 30 sq. m. with a room for a loft.
The project’s estimated completion is some time in 2021.
Revilla, the House committee chair on housing and urban development, said he hopes that the SHFC will consider providing a covered court, a health and daycare center, and an integrated school within the housing project premises.
SHFC, a government controlled and controlled corporation (GOCC), is the lead agency assisting underprivileged communities to secure land tenure through shelter financial and development solutions by Building Adequate, Livable, Affordable and Inclusive (BALAI) Filipino communities.
4. Gov’t to start building infrastructure in Marawi
November 29, 2019
The construction of new public infrastructure in the most affected area (MAA) in Marawi City will start this December as the retrieval and disposal of unexploded bombs near completion, an official said in Cagayan de Oro City during a press briefing Thursday (Nov. 28).
Secretary Eduardo del Rosario, chairperson of both Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), said the government can now begin to build infrastructures destroyed by the war in Marawi as the military’s clearing operation of unexploded ordnances (UXOs) and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) is already 95 percent complete.
The MAA or Ground Zero, scene of the fiercest battles between the Islamic State-inspired militants and government forces, is already 99 percent cleared of IEDs, the official said.
“The heart and soul of Marawi rehabilitation as far as infrastructure is concerned is focused on the MAA,” Del Rosario said.
TFBM has set the timeframe for the construction of vital government infrastructures between December 2019 and March 2020.
To be given priority are school buildings with 200 classrooms, 24 barangay halls with a health center and a madrasa, 50-bed capacity hospital, and the Grand Padian market.
The construction of the Marawi City Police and Bureau of Fire Protection headquarters will follow.
Most of these structures, Del Rosario said, will be built in the reclaimed 10-hectare land owned by the Marawi city government in the MAA.
He said the reconstruction and rehabilitation of Marawi are all sourced from the national budget.
Del Rosario said the government is setting aside PHP3.5 billion from the 2020 budget for the construction of various public infrastructures.
Debris management and the creation of a masterplan–two important components of the Marawi infrastructure rehabilitation efforts–have already been completed, said Roderick Ibañez, National Housing Authority regional director for the Zamboanga Peninsula and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.
Ibañez said the groundbreaking for the sports complex in Marawi is expected to be held December, “to boost and show that the rehabilitation is moving forward”.
Ibañez announced that there are already over a thousand of Marawi residents that applied for building permits to voluntarily rebuild their own houses and that over 200 households were already given building permits.
5. CABLING BREAKS GROUND FOR YOLANDA VICTIMS HOUSING IN PALAWAN
November 29, 2019
IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO COME TO THE AID OF THE DISTRESSED.
The Social Housing Corporation (SHFC), the government lead agency in the implementation of President Rodrigo Duterte’s social housing program for the homeless Filipinos , broke ground on November 28, 2019 for the construction of housing units for 143 victims of  Super-typhoon Yolanda in Coron, Palawan. 
Super Typhoon Yolanda, international name Typhoon Haiyan, was one of the most powerful tropical cyclones ever recorded.
On making landfall, Haiyan devastated portions of Southeast Asia, particularly the Philippines, including Palawan in 2013.
6. MAYOR LANI MERCADO-REVILLA “WINS” 1,440 CONDO UNITS FOR BACOOR CITY HOMELESS FAMILIES
November 25, 2019
By ROGER M. BALANZA
In what is seen as an act of generosity, Bacoor City Mayor Lani Mercado-Revilla is providing condominium units in Ciudad de Strike 2, a P648-million, 1,440-room socialized housing project funded by the Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC), to several Informal Settler Families (ISF) evicted from danger zones, coastal areas, river ways and other risk areas in neighboring Las Pinas and Paranaque.
Photo: NEW HOMES. Ciudad de Strike 2 Home Owners Association Inc (HOAI) President Florencio Parader (5th from left) receive the ceremonial key from Social Housing Finance Corp (SHFC) President Atty. Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling (4th from left) and Bacoor city officials, mayor Lani Mercado Revilla (5th from right) and Cavite 2nd district representative Strike Revilla (4th from right) after the ceremonial turnover of housing units at Ciudad de Strike 2, Bayanan, Molino 1 Bacoor City on Saturday, (Nov. 23, 2019).
Parader is representing some 1,400 families who used to live in danger zones in Las Piñas, Parañaque cities, are now benefiting from this partnership between the SHFC and the city government of Bacoor.
Ciudad de Strike 2 consists of 20 three-storey buildings that can accommodate 72 families each or a total of 1440 families.
The condominium started construction in July 2016 and was completed in September 2019.
The mayor shared the condominium units of 30-sqm each with the displaced families from other local government units (LGUs) even as Bacoor City has its own share of woes over housing for its homeless urban poor.
For her generosity, Mayor Mercado-Revilla practically won another 1,440-room condominium, Ciudad de Strike 1, solely for the homeless of Bacoor City.
The SHFC, the government agency assisting underprivileged communities to attain a better quality of life through shelter financing, agreed to provide additional fund for another Ciudad de Strike condominium for Bacoor City informal settlers, when it signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Bacoor City local government involving social housing funding assistance.
In two memorable events on Saturday, November 23, 2019, Mayor Mercado-Revilla and SHFC President Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling led the turnover of the fully-completed Ciudad de Strike 2 to beneficiaries that include the displaced ISFs from Las Pinas and Paranaque; and the ground-breaking rites for Ciudad de Strike 1, which will start construction next year.
Mayor Mercado-Revlla’s generosity back-dropped the ground-breaking rites of Ciudad de Strike Phase One in a story that spiced up the speech of SHFC President Cabling. 
According to Cabling, Mayor Mercado-Revilla initially opposed relocating the Las Pinas and Paranaque ISFs to the Bacoor City condominium, citing that her city’s ISFs also need housing. The mayor, however, agreed when Cabling offered to provide a P648-million funding for another Ciudad de Strike condominium exclusively for displaced Bacoor City informal settlers.
Aside from Mayor Mercado-Revilla and SHFC President Cabling, the turn-over and ground-breaking events were attended by 2nd District Cavite Rep. Strike Revilla, Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Housing and Urban Development; Melissa Aradanas, Deputy Secretary-General, Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Committee (HUDCC); and Jane Javellana, Presidential Consultant for Western Visayas. Senator Bong Revilla, Senator Francis Tolentino, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Housing and Urban Development; Negros Occidental 3rd District Rep. Francisco Benitez, Vice Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Housing and Urban Development; and Epimaco Densing, Undersecretary for Operations, Department of Interior and Local Governments (DILG) sent representatives to witness the event.
Also in attendance were the 1,440 awardees in the Ciudad de Strike 2 and their families, and the 1,440 soon-to-be-awardees and their families of the Phase 1 condominium.
The Ciudad de Strike condominiums, a High Density Vertical Project of the SHFC, are among the big-ticket projects funded under the CMP of the SHFC as the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte aims to provide houses to homeless Filipinos.
7. SHFC JOINS UNICEF IN WORLD CHILDREN’S DAY CELEBRATION
November 20, 2019
The Philippine government agency implementing the country’s social housing program assured that children’s rights are amply addressed in its housing projects.
The Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC), headed by its President, Atty. Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling, made this assurance on as the Philippines joined the  United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) in the world-wide celebration of World Children’s Day.
On November 15, SHFC Executive Vice President Atty. Junefe Payot, together with Estate Management Division OIC-Manager Philip Robert Flores, had a productive discussion with UNICEF Philippines officials, ensuring that the existing and future socialized housing projects of the agency are child-friendly.
“Housing is a human right that facilitates the acquisition of other rights such as children’s rights,” Atty. Payot said.
SHFC, in this regard, will continuously build partnerships with organizations such as UNICEF to learn better developmental approaches in forging child-friendly communities.
The SHFC flagship program,  Community Mortgage Program (CMP), which provides housing loans to community associations, aims to cut down the country’s homeless population of about 6 million.
8. GETTING THE BEST OF SHFC COMMUNITY MORTGAGE PROGRAM (CMP) – Photovideonews
November 20
9. SHFC GRANTS P13.3-M HOUSING LOAN TO 264 BORROWERS IN TORIL, DAVAO CITY
November 20, 2019
A total of 264 families will benefit from the take-out of Sr. Sto. Niño Settlers Homeowners Association, Inc. in Brgy. Marapangi, Toril, Davao City on November 10.
SHFC President Atty. Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling awarded the check worth P13.3 million in a ceremony that was also attended by Legal, Partners, Policy Enforcement OIC-Vice President Atty. Ronaldo Saco, Mindanao Operations OIC-Vice President Lawrence Bañiso, Region XI South Area Operations OIC-Manager Bea Chermaine Ranada, and Division Chief Margo Babao.
Mobilized by the Assumption Parish Socio-Economic Development Foundation, Inc. (ASPED), Sr. Sto. Niño Settlers is currently headed by Meriam Alvarado.
Also gracing the event were ASPED president Elson Tio, PCUP area coordinator Mitos Milana, 3rd District Councilors Antonette Prinsipe, Atty. Sweet Advincula, and Brgy, Captain Angelita Pizzaro. 
10. SHFC GOES HI-TECH ON ACCOUNT INFO
November 7, 2019 
 
GOOD NEWS to housing loan borrowers of the Social Housing Finance Corporation.
You can generate your Abstract of Collection and Statement of Account in just a few clicks with Community Association Information System (CAIS) kiosk.
It has an interactive touch-screen interface providing flexibility to partner-homeowners on their collection-related information needs.
SHFC going online to give accounts information to borrowers through the CAIS Kiosks is an information technology innovation introduced by SHFC president Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling.
The CAIS kiosks are readily available at SHFC Makati Office and will soon be deployed to the regional offices.
11. SHFC STILL LEAD AGENCY IN SOCIAL HOUSING PROGRAM
November 7, 2019
TO CONTINUE VITAL FUNCTIONS UNDER DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING
The Social Housing Finance Corporation will remain an autonomous key housing agency amid the passing of Republic Act 11201 or the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD).
SHFC will be an attached agency, which shall continue to provide affordable shelter solutions for the underprivileged, allowing it to further help the national government in curbing the housing backlog.
The role of the SFHC as the lead agency of the government’s socialized housing program, is stipulated in the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the DHSUD signed on July 19 at Crowne Plaza Galleria in Quezon City.
The document was signed by SHFC President Atty. Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling, Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) Chairperson Eduardo del Rosario, along with Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board CEO and Commissioner Atty. Lloyd Lao, National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation (NHMFC) President Dr. Felixberto Bustos, Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF) CEO Acmad Rizaldy Moti, Department of Budget and Management Undersecretary Janet Abuel, and Civil Service Commission Chairperson Alicia dela Rosa-Bala.
At the press conference after the IRR signing, Atty. Cabling stressed that SHFC’s housing initiatives will remain community-based.
“It is our mandate to build sustainable communities,” he said.
“In order to build them, we need to consult with the community from the planning to house design and construction.”
Atty. Cabling added that the agency has also been rolling out livelihood interventions that are tailored to the needs of the community.
He shared that SHFC turned over a cashew processing livelihood package for a homeowners association in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan in May.
More programs aimed at complementing the income of communities are in the pipeline.
Under the IRR, the DHSUD shall be the main planning and policy-making, regulatory program coordination, and performance monitoring entity for all housing, human settlement, and urban development concerns.
It also provided for the creation of the National Human Settlement Board, which shall act as the policy-making body and provide program directions to the attached agencies.
Aside from SHFC, these agencies include NHMFC, HDMF, and the National Housing Authority.
In his remarks at the ceremony, which was also attended by the law’s principal authors former Senator Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito and former Negros Occidental Congressman Alfredo “Albee” Benitez, Del Rosario said the DHSUD is President Rodrigo Duterte’s “whole-hearted gift” to the Filipino people.
RA 11201 was passed in Congress in November 2018 and was signed into law by President Duterte three months later on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2019.
The full implementation of the law will commence on January 1, 2020.
 
 
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Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC)
Consultant: ROGELIO M. BALANZA
ACCOMPLISHMENT REPORT
Month of DECEMBER 2019
PUBLISHED NEWS REPORTS/PHOTONEWS/COLUMNS (All stories posted in websites DURIAN POST (durianburgdavao.com) and TOPNEWSNOW (topnews1948.com)
1. SHFC IN FACE THE NATION
Online Interview
December 31, 2019
Topic: COMMUNITY-DRIVEN HOUSING PROGRAMS
With ATTY. MARIA ROSALIE RICHA TAGUIAN, Vice President for Program Development and Enhancement, and CEZAR MACASPAC, Manager for Insurance and Community Enhancement.  Hosted by HOWEL MABALOT
2. SHFC, ANGONO sign Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on socialized housing
December 30, 2019
“Hangad lang natin na pagtibayin ang pangmatagalang pagsasamahan sa SHFC para po sa ating mga kababayan. Para sa lahat ng pamilyang nangangarap magkaroon ng sariling bahay, sana ay ating maisakatuparan.
Kaya po SHFC, maraming-maraming salamat sa inyong pakikiisa sa ating programa.”
– Jeri Mae Calderon.
Photo: Angono Municipal Mayor During the SHFC-Angono LGU MOU Signing on November 18, 2019 at Angono Municipal Hall
3. SHFC TO OPEN NEW OFFICE IN QUEZON CITY
December 30, 2019
Kasabay ng pagsusulong ng SOCIAL HOUSING FINANCE CORPORATION (SHFC ) ng disente at abot-kayang proyektong pabahay ay ang pagbubukas ng bagong tanggapan ng SHFC sa New HLURB Building, Kalayaan Ave. corner Mayaman St., Quezon City.
Layon ng bagong opisina ay upang mas mapalapit pa ang serbisyo ng ahensya sa mga komunidad, partikular mula sa NCR-North, NCR-Central, at Central Luzon, ayon kay Atty. Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling, presidente ng SHFC.
4. MINDANAO EARTHQUAKES: 900 quake-hit Kidapawan families get SHFC relief aid
December 30, 2019
The Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) on December 7 delivered relief goods to more than 900 families in Kidapawan City, Cotabato who were affected by the recent earthquakes that rocked Mindanao.
The humanitarian drive was led by Annicia Villafuerte, Vice President for Recovery Projects Department, which was created to enable the agency to respond quickly to the needs of communities displaced by disasters.
“Our hearts are full knowing that this will come a long way for the communities that we support, especially now that Christmas is just around the corner,” said Villafuerte, who is also heading SHFC’s housing initiatives for families left homeless by the Marawi conflict in 2017.
“We are very thankful that our effort to provide assistance to the earthquake victims was very successful.”
The 923 beneficiaries of the relief operations, simultaneously held in barangays Singao, Poblacion, Magsaysay, and Lanao, are members of five communities that are under SHFC’s Community Mortgage Program (CMP) namely: Upper Singao, A. Delima, Amurao, Llanderal, and Belarmino homeowners associations.
In addition to blankets and tents, the families received rice, water, and groceries to support their daily needs while they try to get their lives back to normal.
“Maraming salamat po sa SHFC sa natanggap naming tulong,” said 67-year-old Norma Sererazo, who spent several days in a makeshift tent in the aftermath of the earthquake. 
“Malaking bagay po ito sa amin at sa mga kasamahan ko dito sa Llanderal.”
CMP, the flagship program of SHFC, has granted about P15 billion in loan assistance and has funded the forging of more than 2,700 empowered communities since its inception in 1988.
5. Maiden SHFC post-Yolanda disaster housing breaks ground in Coron, Palawan
December 30, 2019 –
Social Housing Finance Corporation’s (SHFC) has joined the rehabilitation efforts of the national government for victims of  Yolanda.
The SHFC’s first housing project supporting the survivors of the super-typhon officially broke ground in Palawan on November 28, six years after the super typhoon struck the province.
The project, financed under the Community Mortgage Program (CMP) Post Disaster Recovery and Rehabilitation modality, will benefit a total of 143 families from Guadalupe Homeowners Association, Inc. (HOAI) who live along the coastal areas in the Municipality of Coron.
Groundbreaking ceremony held in Brgy. Guadalupe was led by SHFC President Atty. Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling and Mayor Mario Reyes.
Also gracing the event were SHFC Board of Directors,  Recovery Projects Vice President Annicia Villafuerte, Visayas Operations OIC Vice-President  Jesus Eden Cidro, Provincial Information Officer Winston Arzaga, who represented Governor Jose Chavez Alvarez, and community members.
In his speech, Atty. Cabling highlighted the importance of community effort in reducing coastal disaster vulnerability.
“Sa patuloy na pagtutulungan at pagkakaisa natin, ng local government, barangay, probinsya, parokya, at iba pang miyembro ng ating komunidad, masisiguro natin na malulutas ang suliraning pabahay para sa mga communities sa coastal areas ng Coron,” he said.
The Post-Disaster Recovery and Rehabilitation is one of the new modalities of CMP which provides immediate assistance on disaster-resilient community housing projects and site development during times of disaster.
CMP has provided security of tenure to more than 310,000 families and has released about P15 billion in loan assistance since it was launched in 1988.
Taken out in June 2018, Guadalupe HOAI is headed by Enrico Sadang and was mobilized by the provincial government of Palawan.
SHFC is the lead agency assisting underprivileged communities to secure land tenure through shelter financing and development solutions by Building Adequate, Livable, Affordable, and Inclusive (BALAI) Filipino communities.
6. Dapitan City gets P52-M SHFC first Vertical CMP project in Mindanao
December 30, 2019
Construction work at Sulangon Heights Homeowners Association, Inc., the first Vertical Community Mortgage Program (CMP) project of Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) in the entire Mindanao region, will continue with the awarding of a check worth P7.5 million to the project contractor in Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte on November 29.
Representing the 15 percent mobilization fee, the check was presented by SHFC President Atty. Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling to Siliman Avenue Construction and Supply and Mayor Rosalina “Nene” Jalosjos in a ceremony held at the Dapitan City Hall.
Congressman Romeo Jalosjos, Jr., SHFC Executive Vice President Atty. Junefe Payot, Region IX North OIC-Manager Philip Robert Flores, and Sulangon Heights president Renante Bala also graced the occasion.
In his speech, Atty. Cabling lauded the local government of Dapitan for its continuous support for the initiative, which broke ground in September 2018. He urged partner-homeowners to embody the bayanihan spirit and collectively contribute to the success of the project by religiously settling their monthly obligation with SHFC.
Sulangon Heights, a product of a memorandum of understanding between SHFC and Dapitan City, will benefit a total of 616 families.
An initial batch of 160 two-story medium rise housing units will be constructed and will cost P52 million.
SHFC is the lead agency assisting underprivileged communities to secure land tenure through shelter financing and development solutions by Building Adequate Livable Affordable and Inclusive (BALAI) for homeless communities. 
7. Human Settlements and Urban Development needed in disaster recovery
December 4, 2019
A party-list lawmaker on Tuesday pushed for the full implementation of the law creating the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD), which has certain mandates on disaster resilience and recovery, particularly those relating to housing concerns.
Kabayan Party-list Rep. Ron Salo said it has been 10 months since the DHSUD charter was signed into law, but there is no DHSUD Secretary yet nor any “semblance of the new department taking shape.”
“By now, we should have had a DHSUD Secretary involved in ‘Tisoy’ disaster response and recovery particularly on housing concerns,” Salo said.
Salo cited a provision stating that the new department shall formulate a framework for resilient housing and human settlements as a basis for the mechanisms for the post-disaster housing and resiliency planning, research and development, extension, monitoring and evaluation of programs, projects, and activities to protect vulnerable communities from the adverse effects of climate change and disasters.
The law consolidates the functions of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) and the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB) to the Department.
“The HUDCC chairman should update Congress very soon of the status of the DHSUD and inform the legislators of any and all problems that may be delaying the full implementation of RA (Republic Act) 11201,” Salo said.
“Ten months is more than enough time for the implementing rules and the reorganization of the government housing sector into the new DHSUD.
In fact, RA 11201 provides a six-month deadline for the transition,” he added, noting that it has been four months after that deadline.
Salo said Congress and its members have the duty and right to exercise oversight authority on the implementation of laws, noting that he is eyeing a congressional inquiry into the matter.
“Sa ngayon malinaw na paliwanag at detalyadong report muna ang kailangan natin mula sa HUDCC. Kailangan nating malaman ang sitwasyon. Sayang ‘yung panahon (For now, what we need is a clear and detailed report from the HUDCC. We need to know the status of the new department. Time should not be wasted),” Salo said. 

 

October 1, 2019

Atty. ARNOLFO RICARDO CABLING
President
Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC)
Makati, Philippines

Dear Atty. CABLING,

May I have the honor to apply in your corporation for a job that fits my qualification, specifically related to photography and news gathering and reporting.
I have basic knowledge and experience in these two disciplines.
These are capabilities that earned me a job with the Davao City government: City Information Office (2011-2012) and the City Tourism Office (2012-2013). The job entailed covering and reporting on events of the two offices.
In addition, I did news reporting and photography job for the defunct weekly newspaper Davao City-based The Durian Post. I continue to contribute to the paper’s online editions The Durian Post and TopNewsNow!
The Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) is the government agency providing housing for the homeless poor.
In as much as providing shelter to the homeless poor is one of the flagship programs of the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, SHFC is also mandated to reach out to a wide sector of the homeless poor in order to maximize information dissemination, particularly through the media, about this vital program of the government.
I am confident that as a photographer and news reporter, I would be able to contribute to the effort to spread out to the homeless poor the SHFC social housing programs.
With my capability and experience, I am confident that if given the opportunity, I could be an asset in the SHFC mandate to deliver valuable services to our homeless poor.
Very respectfully yours,

 

SYLVESTER C. BALANZA

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PERSONAL DATA

Name: SYLVESTER CANSANA BALANZA
Birthdate: June 1, 1989
Sex: MALE
Marital Status: Single
Address: Seaside, Durian-Rambutan Sts., NHA Kadayawan, Talomo, Davao City
Contacts: Email: sylvester.balanza@yahoo.com. Mobile Phone: 09308945468

EDUCATION:
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) 2nd Year John Paul College Davao City
WORK EXPERIENCE:
Davao City Information Office 2011-2012
Davao City Tourism Office 2012-2013

 

 

SYLVESTER C. BALANZA

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