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MESSAGE OF SHFC PRESIDENT MA. ANA R. OLIVEROS
3rd THANKSGIVING AND AWARDING OF CERTIFICATES
ALLIANCE OF INFORMAL SETTLERS ORGANIZATION INC.

Pook Pantalan, Cogon District, Tagbilaran City, Bohol
April 11, 2015


TO OUR BELOVED GUESTS, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, A PLEASANT AND BLESSED MORNING TO EVERYONE!

IT SADDENS ME, KNOWING THAT I WON’T BE ABLE TO PERSONALLY WITNESS THIS JOYOUS EVENT. THOUGH I WON’T BE THERE WITH YOU TODAY, THE ENTIRE SOCIAL HOUSING FINANCE CORPORATION FAMILY IS ONE WITH YOU IN SPIRIT, IN CELEBRATING THIS MILESTONE ESPECIALLY FOR THE FOUR HUNDRED FAMILIES WHO JUST RECEIVED THEIR CERTIFICATE OF FULL PAYMENT.

I WOULD LIKE TO COMMEND YOUR HARDWORK, EFFORT AND UNPARALLELED SPIRIT IN PUSHING FOR CHANGE THROUGH SECURITY OF LAND TENURE. YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION TO ALL OF THE OTHER FAMILIES OUT THERE WHO ALSO DREAM OF HAVING THEIR OWN HOMES ONE DAY. THIS EVENT IS ANOTHER LIVING TESTAMENT OF HOW A COMMUNITY’S DESIRE, COUPLED WITH PASSION, DEDICATION AND HARDWORK AND WITH THE GUIDANCE FROM GOVERNMENT AND NON-GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATIONS, CAN MAKE SHELTER SECURITY, POSSIBLE.

THE WHOLE WORLD IS A WITNESS OF HOW A MAGNITUDE 7.2 EARTHQUAKE IN OCTOBER 2013 DESTRUCTED THOUSANDS OF HOUSES AND OTHER INFRASTRUCTURES, INCLUDING CHURCHES IN MOST OF THE TOWNS IN YOUR PROVINCE. BUT THROUGH IT ALL, YOU MANAGED TO GET UP AND PROVED TO THE WORLD THAT THE FILIPINO SPIRIT CAN WITHSTAND ANY CALAMITY. LOOK AT YOU NOW, YOU ARE ALREADY HOMEOWNERS! THIS IS JUST A BEGINNING OF YOUR JOURNEY. WE SHOULD NEVER STOP DREAMING, PRAYING AND WORKING FOR BETTER THINGS AHEAD.

WE, AT THE SHFC, PROVIDE NOT ONLY SECURITY OF LAND TENURE TO OUR STAKEHOLDERS. MOREOVER, WE EMPOWER INFORMAL SETTLER COMMUNITIES BY PROVIDING THEM WITH TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AND TRAINING TO BUILD THEIR CAPACITIES. WE BELIEVE THAT BEING A KEY SHELTER AGENCY OF THE GOVERNMENT IS BEYOND PROVIDING FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO OUR STAKEHOLDERS. BECAUSE THE FOUNDATION OF A STRONG NATION IS ITS COMMUNITY, WE MAKE SURE THAT EVERY FAMILY THAT MAKES A COMMUNITY IS EMPOWERED TO FURTHER CONTRIBUTE TO THE SOCIETY.

OUR PROGRAMS LIKE THE COMMUNITY MORTGAGE PROGRAM, HIGH DENSITY HOUSING AND ABOT KAYA PABAHAY FUND DEVELOPMENT LOAN ADOPT A COMMUNITY-DRIVEN APPROACH--- GIVING THE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS THE POWER AND FULL HAND IN CHOOSING FOR THEIR LOT, RELOCATION SITES, THE DESIGN OF THE HOUSES, THE CONTRACTOR AND ALL THE SMALLEST DETAILS TO THEIR HOUSING NEEDS. BECAUSE OF THE COMMUNITY-DRIVEN APPROACH, MANY LIVES WERE TRANSFORMED.

I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOU THE SUCCESS STORY OF ONE OF OUR HDH PROJECT--- THE AMVACA HOUSING PROJECT. THE AMVACA HOUSING COOPERATIVE IS CURRENTLY COMPOSED OF 1,440 INFORMAL SETTLER FAMILES WHO USED TO LIVE ALONG THE WATERWAYS AND DANGER ZONES IN VALENZUELA CITY. BECAUSE OF THE THREAT OF DEMOLITION, THEY PLANNED TO ORGANIZE THEMESELVES, WITH THE HELP OF NGOs AND COMMUNITY MOBILIZERS. THEY UNDERWENT SEVERAL SKILLS AND CAPACITY BUILDING TRAININGS. IT WAS IN 2013 WHEN THEY APPLIED FOR A LOAN UNDER THE HDH AND IN 2013. THEY LOOKED FOR AN IN-CITY RELOCATION SITE, TAPPED A CONTRACTOR AND HAD A FULL HAND IN THE DESIGN OF THEIR HOUSES.

NOW, THE CONSTRUCTION OF THEIR 30, 3-STOREY HOUSING BUILDINGS IS UNDERWAY. EVERY BUILDING CAN HOUSE 48 FAMILIES AND EVERY UNIT MEASURES 28 SQUARE METERS WITH A PROVISION FOR A SECOND FLOOR. AND THE FULL TURNOVER OF THE HOUSES IS EXPECTED WITHIN THE YEAR. THIS STORY SOUNDS LIKE A FICTION BUT IT’S REAL. IF THEY DID IT, YOU TOO, CAN DO IT!
HAVING A DREAM COMMUNITY IS POSSIBLE!

AND I PERSONALLY WISH THAT IN THE COMING YEARS, I WILL BE ABLE TO SHARE MORE SUCCESS STORIES LIKE THE ONE’S THAT HAPPENED TO AMVACA HOUSING COOPERATIVE AND YOUR SHARE OF SUCCESS STORY AS WELL. I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO HEAR MORE OF YOUR SUCCESS STORIES IN THE COMING YEARS TO COME. WHO KNOWS? YOU MIGHT BE FEATURED IN SOME OF THE MAGAZINES IN PUBLICATIONS IN THE COUNTRY AS ONE OF THE MODEL COMMUNITIES OF URBAN HOUSING. I KNOW IT WILL AND IT CAN HAPPEN BECAUSE I BELIEVE IN THE STRENGTH OF YOUR COMMUNITY, IN YOUR TOGETHERNESS AND DEDICATION TO SOLVE YOUR HOUSING CONCERNS.

WE AT THE SHFC ARE ALWAYS HERE TO REACH OUT TO THE ISFS DREAMING OF HAVING A HOME OF THEIR OWN. WE ARE PASSIONATE AND COMMITTED TO CURB THE HOUSING PROBLEMS OF THE COUNTRY BY PROVIDING SECURITY OF TENURE TO 530 THOUSAND ISFS BY 2020.

LET ME END THIS MESSAGE BY QUOTING OUR POPE, “WE SHOULD REST WITH CHRIST, BUT WE SHOULD ALSO RISE WITH CHRIST.” WE SHOULD ALWAYS STRIVE FOR BIGGER THINGS AND WORK HARDER FOR THE REALIZATION OF THESE DREAMS.

ONCE AGAIN, A PLEASANT MORMING TO EVERYONE AND CONGRATULATIONS!


MS. MA. ANA R. OLIVEROS
President
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