SHFC HOLDS DAVAO CITY PUBLIC FORUM ON SOCIALIZED HOUSING
By ROGER M. BALANZA
The Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) will hold a Public Forum in Davao City on its flagship programs on socialized housing as the agency attempts to cut down the number of homeless families in the home city of President Rodrigo Duterte.
The event dubbed “SHFC-DAVAO SHELTER PARTNERSHIP PUBLIC FORUM,” to be led by SHFC president lawyer Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling, will be held at the Almendras Gym (Davao City Recreation Center) on Saturday, September 21, starting at 1PM. SHFC, which handles low-cost housing loans for the country’s homeless poor, is a line agency of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) headed by chairman Eduardo del Rosario. Providing a home to homeless Filipinos is among the top priority programs of the Duterte administration. Expected to attend the Public Forum are Davao City government officials, barangay officials, the local private housing industry and homeowners associations. The major focus of the forum will be SHFC’s huge funds available for lending that a Local Government Unit (LGU) can avail of for its socialized housing program. Cabling, a Dabawenyo like President Duterte, is expected to offer the loan to Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte to fund her low-cost housing project to the homeless among the city’s 1.7 million population. The center of trade and commerce in Southern Mindanao, Davao City’s housing woes have been increased by migration of people from other areas looking for opportunities in Mindanao’s most progressive city. Cabling is no stranger to the city’s social housing woes, having been for nine years as City Councilor chaired the Davao City Council Committee on Housing and Urban Development. Cabling is also the author of the Davao City Shelter Code that mapped out the city’s policies on housing and urban development. The latest amendment to the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance and the Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) was also hammered out by the committee of Cabling. Also to be presented in the forum will be the Community Mortgage Program (CMP), the centerpiece of SHFC’s program for the homeless poor Filipinos, that offers low-interest, long-term house-and-lot loan packages through homeowners associations. SHFC-DAVAO SHELTER PARTNERSHIP PUBLIC FORUM is the latest of the nationwide road tour that SHFC has been conducting to promote CMP and the SHFC’s loan package for LGU socialized housing programs.