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.
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)