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Maiden SHFC post-Yolanda disaster housing breaks ground in Coron, Palawan

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 initiative, 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.

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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.VIDEO
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.



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.

SHFC president Atty. Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling led the groundbreaking ceremony for the project in Barangay Guadalupe, Coron, Palawan that was also attended by  Mayor Mario Reyes, Winston Arzaga who represented  Gov. Jose Alvarez) and the  SHFC Board of Directors.



Remembering Super-typhoon Yolanda

Gov’t to keep country ‘safe, adaptive, resilient’ vs. disasters

President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration will work harder to ensure that the Philippines is still “safe, adaptive, and resilient,” Malacañang said Friday as the country commemorates the 6th anniversary of super typhoon Yolanda that wreaked havoc in Eastern Visayas.

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Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo gave the assurance as he acknowledged that the super typhoon had caused massive deaths and destruction of infrastructure and livelihood in the central Philippines.

“Today, November 8, the Office of the President joins the entire nation in remembering the 6th anniversary of super typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan),” Panelo said in a statement.

“The Office of the President recognizes that natural hazards have become the new normal in the 21st century, and therefore, we must continue to be relentless in creating safe, adaptive and resilient communities. It is our collective responsibility,” he added.

One of the most powerful tropical cyclones ever recorded in the country, Yolanda unleashed its wrath in Eastern Visayas on November 8, 2013.

Around 6,300 people died while over 4.4 million people were rendered homeless after Yolanda hit the central Philippines.

Panelo said the Palace honors those who were on the front lines, including government agencies, several organizations, and volunteers who helped the country “during one of the most difficult times our country faced.”

“We laud the exemplary resilience of our own people, which in the face of great adversity, have remained steadfast and have moved forward,” Panelo said.

Panelo said the devastation in Eastern Visayas caused by Yolanda has taught the government a “hard lesson in public service.’

He guaranteed that the President and his administration would continue focusing on a platform of “tapang at malasakit“, particularly when it responds to the needs of typhoon victims.

“Yolanda has likewise taught us, especially those in the bureaucracy, a hard lesson in public service. Tapang and malasakit (Courage and compassion) became buzzwords from a people weary of government apathy.”

From 2013 to 2017 alone, some PHP67.1 billion were released for the rehabilitation works in the hardest-hit areas in Eastern Visayas, the Department of Budget and Management earlier said.

The National Housing Authority is also targeting the completion of at least 62,668 housing projects between 2019 and 2020. (PNA)



The Eastern Visayas Regional Development Council (RDC) is pushing for the establishment of a regional office in Tacloban City of the Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) to supervise its housing projects in the region.

The RDC also wants the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB) to set up a regional office in the city, among cities ravaged by Super-typhoon Yolanda.

The RDC is pushing for the setting up of these two offices to eliminate corruption in the implementation of community-based housing projects and fast-track the issuance of clearances and licenses for housing activities.

Lawyer Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling is president of the SHFC, the lead agency implementing the government’s socialized housing program.

Lloyd Christopher Lao is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the HLURB,  the primary agency mandated to provide technical assistance in the preparation, review, and approval of Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) of local government units.

Eastern Visayas’ highest policy-making body sent the resolutions approved on June 21, 2019, to the Office of the President and to the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council.

But the RDC is still waiting for the central government’s response on the resolutions requesting for the establishment of regional offices of the two government agencies.

National Economic and Development Authority regional director Meylene Rosales, the RDC’s vice-chairperson, however said that they are upbeat on the positive response of the President Rodrigo Duterte and HUDCC chairman Eduardo del Rosario.

The RDC pushed for setting up of these two offices to eliminate corruption in the implementation of community-based housing projects and fast-track the issuance of clearances and licenses for housing activities.

“There was an issue raised on the alleged irregular collection of fees from the beneficiaries of the government’s permanent housing project implemented through SHFC. The major factor behind this was the absence of their field office here in the region to monitor projects,” Rosales said in a report in the Philippine News Agency (PNA).

Early this year, hundreds of housing beneficiaries have filed cases against a community housing organizer and her accomplices for overpricing of land acquisition, non-remittance of payments, and illegal collection of fees from recipients housing projects funded by SHFC.

Meanwhile, the absence of HLURB regional office has slowed down the pace of housing projects due to the lack of personnel and absence of authority to monitor and resolve issues and approve plans and applications for clearances and licenses.

“RDC members agreed that the presence of a fully staffed HLURB and SHFC offices in the region is important to regulate and monitor the implementation of remaining Yolanda resettlement projects and other ongoing and future housing projects,” Rosales said.

The HLURB regional office in this city has stopped its operation in 2010 after the merger of two field offices in Cebu and Tacloban due to the implementation of the Government Rationalization Program.

The agency has been maintaining a desk at the Government Service Insurance System office in this city to answer public queries. All transactions from the region have to go through the regional office in Cebu City.

All development and constructions on land of towns and cities without the CLUP will have to get the approval of the HLURB office in Cebu.

As of 2018, only 85 percent of the region’s 143 towns and cities have approved CLUPs.

YOLANDA HOUSING PROJECT. An unoccupied housing project in Carigara, Leyte meant for super typhoon Yolanda survivors. The Eastern Visayas Regional Development Council (RDC) is pushing for the establishment of two state-run agencies to supervise housing projects in the region, including resettlement sites for Yolanda victims.

ROQUE TO ROXAS: We don’t need your advice


Malacañang on Wednesday said it would rather not listen to suggestions of former Liberal Party (LP) standard bearer and Cabinet official Manuel “Mar” Roxas II to lower the prices of rice.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque turned down Roxas’ advice, noting that he had his own fare of criticism for poorly managing disaster relief efforts when Typhoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan) struck the country, particularly Tacloban City, Leyte in 2013.

Roxas was secretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) at that time.

Hindi ko pa naririnig ang kanyang sinasabi, pero dahil sa kanyang karanasan doon sa Leyte ay mabuti pong manahimik na siyang muli (I haven’t heard what he said yet, but because of his experience in Leyte, perhaps it would be better if he kept quiet),” Roque said in a interview over DZRH.

In another interview, Roque said if Roxas’ suggestions would be similar to how he responded to Yolanda relief operations, he would not find them useful.


Kung ang gagawin niya ay ibabalik niya iyong ginawa niya sa Yolanda, thank you very much po, hindi na po bale, (If he plans on recalling what he did during Yolanda, thank you very much, it’s not necessary),” Roque said over Radyo Pilipinas.

In a Facebook post dated Sept. 18, Roxas, called for a “time out” on political bickering and asked President Rodrigo R. Duterte to consider his suggestions to solve the country’s rice woes.


Among Roxas’s suggestions are increasing minimum access volume to 1.5 million metric tons, streamlining processes imposed by the National Food Authority (NFA) to allow the private sector to import rice, and asking fast food chains to independently source and import their own needs so they no longer need a share from the national stockpile.


Roxas also urged the Duterte administration to consider adding all farmers to the conditional cash transfer program to ease their plight. Moreover, he suggested repealing the tax reform program, and promoting industrialized farming.

The former DILG secretary, who lost to Duterte in the 2016 presidential elections, has taken a break from politics to write travelogues which he posts on his official Facebook account. (PNA)



free-housingPresident Rodrigo Duterte assisted by Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr and Tacloban City Mayor Cristina Gonzales-Romualdez in awarding housing grants and livelihood assistance programs to Yolanda-stricken communities in Tacloban City on January 25, 2017. File photo by Ace Morandante/Presidential Photo

vICTIMS OF Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) and Typhoon Pablo (Bopha) will  not be paying for government housing, said President Rodrigo Duterte.

The housing for 200,000 victims of super typhoon Pablo and Yolanda, as long as I am President, will be free, the President said on Wednesday, February 8, during the National Housing Summit in Quezon City.

A total of 205,000 beneficiaries will each get free house and lot worth P290,000, sccording to the NHA.