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THE STORY BEHIND ALPAS, MWAHC, AND JESSE ROBREDO HOAS
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For the past weeks, SHFC has been responding to news articles published by Rappler, Philippine Daily Inquirer, and The Philippine Star on the agency’s High Density Housing projects.

Links to the news articles from the said publications are shown below along with the statements issued by SHFC.
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Article from Rappler (published in June 11, 2018) via https://www.rappler.com/nation/204686-commission-on-audit-social-housing-finance-corporation-relocation-safety-site-valenzuela-city


SHFC’s response (sent in June 12, 2018)

Malinta Waterways Alliance Housing Cooperative (MWAHC) is a project approved under the previous administration and implemented through the People’s Plan approach. SHFC authorized the release of funds for the purchase of the property relying on the Development and Building Permit from LGU Valenzuela and Environmental Compliance Certificate issued by the DENR as these agencies have the statutory right and expertise to determine the feasibility of putting up the housing project in the area.

SHFC, in the exercise of extraordinary due diligence also required community associations to secure a soil boring test particularly for three-storey residential projects before the LGU issued the necessary permits. 

The new SHFC Board decided to momentarily stop the construction of houses under the MWAHC project to further ensure that there are no hazardous chemicals or waste that would affect the member beneficiaries. A deed of undertaking for the completion of the project was signed by the contractor who will only resume construction once the site has been cleared of safety-related issues. 

SHFC is now in the process of procuring the services of a third party geotechnical engineer to conduct soil contamination and soil bearing capacity tests to assess the feasibility of the project site for a three-storey housing development.     


Article from Philippine Daily Inquirer (published in June 11, 2018) via
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/999413/coa-flags-housing-project-in-danger-zone


SHFC’s response (sent in July 2, 2018)

Jesse Robredo Village HOA, Inc. is an in-city relocation project implemented through the People’s Plan approach. The old SHFC Board approved the project, which will benefit 172 families who are living along Estero de San Miguel, Estero de San Sebastian, and Estero de Quiapo, in the City of Manila.

To fund the project, SHFC entered into a MOA (Memorandum of Agreement) with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) for the transfer of the P350M funds from the DILG under the general appropriations allocation.

The MOA requires that DILG execute a Trust Agreement with SHFC for the implementation of the project. SHFC’s new Management has now executed a Trust Agreement with the DILG, allowing SHFC to finally implement the project. The Jesse Robredo Village, HOA, Inc. may now proceed with the second phase of their housing project which includes site development and house construction once they have secured the necessary permits as compliance to the application requirements.

Land acquisition for the Jesse Robredo Village HOA was completed in 2016 with the successful purchase of a parcel of government land being administered by the Privatization Management Office (PMO). Notably, the PMO property for relocation was chosen by the communities themselves. Also, because it will involve in-city relocation instead of an off-city one, the existing livelihood of the families and the education of the children will not be disrupted, as what often happens in most resettlement projects. 

Meanwhile, the Malinta Waterways Alliance Housing Cooperative (MWAHC) is a project approved under the previous administration as well. The land was acquired in 2015 and 80% of its cost was paid in 2016. The old SHFC Board authorized the release of funds for the purchase of the property relying on the Development and Building Permits from LGU Valenzuela and Environmental Compliance Certificate issued by the DENR as these agencies have the statutory right and expertise to determine the feasibility of putting up the housing project in the area. Moreover, SHFC, in the exercise of extraordinary due diligence requires community associations to secure a soil boring test particularly for three-storey residential projects before the LGU can issue the necessary permits. In this case, not only one but three soil boring tests were conducted. 

The new SHFC Board decided to momentarily stop the construction of houses under the MWAHC project in order to reassess the latter. This is in light of recently disclosed safety and health concerns. Specifically, the new SHFC Board wants to ensure the stability of the soil as well as make sure that there are no hazardous chemicals or waste that would affect the beneficiary families.

That is why in addition to the existing third party construction project monitoring being done by ESCA Inc., SHFC’s new management is in the process of procuring the services of an additional third party geotechnical engineer to conduct soil contamination and soil bearing capacity tests to further assess the feasibility of the project site for a three-storey housing development. These tests will be conducted within the month of July.

As a long term intervention to avoid the occurrence of similar incidents in future projects, the new SHFC management has created a Technical Working Group (TWG) composed of engineers to validate a HOA’s choice of the land that will be used for relocation. The TWG will ensure compliance with conditions set by certifying bodies like the Department of Environment and Natural Resources or DENR.

SHFC is strongly committed to building adequate, livable, affordable and inclusive (BALAI) Filipino communities.


Article from The Philippine Star (published in June 17, 2018) via
https://www.philstar.com/nation/2018/06/17/1825257/coa-p214-million-project-informal-settlers-remains-idle


SHFC’s response (sent in June 22, 2018)

The ALPAS 1 HOA is a project approved under the previous administration and implemented through the People’s Plan approach. The new SHFC Management is now doing its best to fast track completion of the project including the provision of utilities. The previous SHFC Board approved the project relying on the Pre-Feasibility Certification issued by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) that the project site has complied with all the standards for architectural or building design, site suitability, soil boring, and geohazard assessment, site acceptability and financial feasibility criteria set forth under BP 220 and the Minimum Standards for Economic and Socialized Housing.

SHFC, as a general rule, does not allow its member beneficiaries to occupy their units without the basic necessities such as water and electricity. However, despite the absence of water supply pending completion of the project, ALPAS 1 HOA fervently requested SHFC that they be allowed to transfer to their housing units since most of the member-beneficiaries are still living in danger zones/flooded areas. Also, their children have already enrolled/transferred in schools near the project site.

SHFC relented despite the lack of water because it understands the immediate need for the 546 families to transfer and move away from the danger zones. Moreover, the HOA officers insisted that they themselves will temporarily address the lack of water by contracting private providers for the manual rationing of water by delivery trucks until the water supply problem is resolved.

Upon the request of ALPAS 1 HOA, SHFC extended a six-month moratorium suspending the collection of monthly amortizations.

Just this month, SHFC conducted an occupancy validation in ALPAS 1 HOA to determine the number of actual occupants following the turnover of housing units in April 14, 2018. Based on the validation conducted, there were a total of 280 occupied units which accounts for a 51% occupancy rate. Electricity is available in the relocation site; thus, they are able to start home-based enterprises such as sari-sari stores that sell drinks. Trucks distributing water supply was also made available to the households at P35 per drum.


Article from The Philippine Star (published in June 20, 2018) via
https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/06/20/1826257/coa-questions-p414-million-housing-project-hazardous-land


SHFC’s response (sent in June 20, 2018)

Malinta Waterways Alliance Housing Cooperative (MWAHC) is a project approved under the previous administration and implemented through the People’s Plan approach. The land was acquired in 2015 and 80% of its cost was paid in 2016. The old SHFC Board authorized the release of funds for the purchase of the property relying on the Development and Building Permits from LGU Valenzuela and Environmental Compliance Certificate issued by the DENR as these agencies have the statutory right and expertise to determine the feasibility of putting up the housing project in the area. Moreover, SHFC, in the exercise of extraordinary due diligence requires community associations to secure a soil boring test particularly for three-storey residential projects before the LGU can issue the necessary permits. In this case, not only one but three soil boring tests were conducted. 

The new SHFC Board decided to momentarily stop the construction of houses under the MWAHC project in order to reassess the latter. This is in light of the recently disclosed safety and health concerns. Specifically, the new SHFC Board wants to ensure the stability of the soil as well as make sure that there are no hazardous chemicals or waste that would affect the member beneficiaries.

That is why in addition to the existing construction project monitoring, namely ESCA Inc.,  SHFC’s new management is in the process of procuring the services of a third party geotechnical engineer to conduct soil contamination and soil bearing capacity tests to further assess the feasibility of the project site for a three-storey housing development. These tests will be conducted within the month of July.

As a long term intervention to avoid the occurrence of similar incidents, the new SHFC management has created a Technical Working Group composed of engineers to validate the HOA’s choice of the land that will be used for relocation and ensure compliance with conditions set by the certifying body.

SHFC is strongly committed to building adequate, livable, affordable and inclusive (BALAI) Filipino communities.