Marikina City is now free of illegal settlers through the help of the Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC).
City Mayor Marcelino Teodoro said SHFC through its Community Mortgage Program (CMP) ensured through housing loans the security of land tenure of about 9,000 Informal Family Settlers (ISF).
“Because of the relentless efforts of the local government the city is now free from illegal settlers. Matatas ko pong masasabi na wala na kaming illegal settlers dahil sa aming mga proyekto para mga tao, at lalo na dahil sa tulong ng (I can proudly say that we no longer have illegal settlers because of our projects for the people, especially with the help of) SHFC,” Mayor Teodoro said in his speech, during the 31st anniversary of the SHFC’s CMP at the GSIS Gym in Marikina City last month.
Lawyer Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling, SFHC president, in his speech during the event, commended Mayor Teodoro for Marikina City’s strong coordination with SHFC in addressing the city’s housing woes.
The coordination with local governments plays a very important role in our effort of providing resilient and sustainable communities to the homeless, said Cabling.
Mayor Teodoro congratulated the SFHC, saying “it has not been an easy feat implementing the CMP, which is consistently providing opportunities to organize families into sustainable and resilient communities.”
He said that since 1992, of the 246 community associations in Marikina, 166 or almost 70 percent already attained security of land tenure and from this, 90 communities underwent the CMP. This translates to more than 9,000 families aided by the SHFC.
“Itong siyam libong pamilya pong ito na inyong natulungan ay masaya at tahimik ngayon na naninirahan, walang pangambang baka minsan ay matanggalan ng matutuluyan o masisilungan (These 9,000 families whom you have helped are now happy and are peacefully living without thinking that their shelter will be taken away from them) ,” the local chief executive noted.
The mayor noted that Marikina has been a partner of the agency for almost 27 years in improving the living conditions of the homeless and underprivileged through affordable financing.
“The affordable financing of SFHC provides the opportunity to secure tenure on the land that has been their home for the longest time,” Teodoro said.
Nena V. Tiglao, Marikina City Land Management and Community Relations Division chief, said the land distribution was intensified in their city following the order of Teodoro because he wants all residents to own land.
Over 100 households from Metro Manila received their respective transfer certificate of title from the SHFC during the program. They are now part of the more than 300,000 families who have attained land tenure security since the inception of CMP in 1988, the agency said.
Senator Francis Tolentino, who also graced the event, lauded the city government of Marikina for its relentless effort in improving the lives of the residents by providing them lots.
“It is not enough that you are awarded individual titles. What should be more effective is that we have titles that should lead to a resilient and sustainable community,” the lawmaker said. (with PNA report)