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Tacloban City - The dream of more than 300 families belonging to Villa de Tacloban Homeowner’s Association (HOA) of living in a safer community has started, following the symbolic ground breaking of their chosen relocation site in Brgy. Cabalawan.

Villa de Tacloban HOA is under Social Housing Finance Corporation’s (SHFC) Community Mortgage Program (CMP), which provides community loans for land acquisition, site development, and house construction for legally-organized community associations.

HOA President Edgar Canada said that the housing project is one of the best Christmas gifts that they have ever received and will serve as their inspiration in working double time to comply with all the necessary requirements.

“This project will also help us overcome the trauma that super typhoon Yolanda has brought into our lives,” Canada added.

The housing project, which is expected to be completed in seven months, will replicate the Post-Yolanda Support for Safer Homes and Settlements project of SHFC and UN Habitat Philippines for Yolanda victims in Capiz and Iloilo, which successfully built 660 core shelters through the People’s Process approach and multi-stakeholder partnership.

Under the People’s Process approach, the community is given the right to lead their housing project and to make the final decision, under the supervision of the implementing agency. 

SHFC President Ma. Ana Oliveros said that they support and implement housing innovations to ensure faster delivery of services to the poor, especially those hit by calamities.

“SHFC is committed to study conventional and innovative housing programs being done by communities on ground so that we can adopt them, institutionalize, and scale up,” Oliveros noted.

The event has also sealed the commitment of other international and local agencies to the community to ensure the project’s timely completion. These organizations included SHFC, UN Habitat Philippines, BDO Foundation, United Architects of the Philippines, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), National Housing Authority (NHA), and the local government of Tacloban City.

Tacloban City Vice Mayor Jerry Yaokasin, in his speech, stressed that partnership and working together will fulfill the dreams and aspirations of every Taclobanon who was left homeless due to super typhoon Yolanda.

Aside from the construction of houses and other community facilities, the project will also focus on the improvement of the organization and its membership towards resilience and sustainability.
COMMITTED IN BUILDING A COMMUNITY. Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) and other partner agencies have committed to strengthen their partnership and cooperation in rebuilding the lives of 350 families affected by super typhoon Yolanda in Tacloban City, Leyte. The construction of the Villa de Tacloban Homeowner s Association housing project under SHFC s Community Mortgage Program (CMP) is expected to be finished in 7 months.