There is a saying that life begins at 40 but for Celestino Centura, Sr. a better life starts at 60. His special birthday wish finally came true on March 8, two days before his birthday, when he and 50 other members of NAPICO Homeowners Association, Inc. Phase 3 received their respective transfer certificate of title (TCT) from SHFC in a ceremony held in Barangay Manggahan, Pasig City.
“Magandang regalo po itong natanggap ko dahil matagal ko nang hinihintay na magkaroon ng sariling titulo,” said Centura, who used part of the retirement benefits he received from three decades of working at a local bakeshop chain to settle his remaining balance with the agency. “Masayang masaya ako kasi hindi birong magkaroon ng sariling lupa sa panahon ngayon. Kahit sino sa amin dito sa NAPICO ito ang minimithi.”
Tracing his roots in Sagñay, Camarines Sur, the father of two shared that he and his family used to move from one place to another before finally settling in NAPICO. “Sa Mandaluyong kami unang tumira bago kami lumipat sa San Juan,” he continued. “Noong nalaman ko itong lugar na ito, pumunta agad kami para makakuha ng kaunting parsela ng lupa. At pagkatapos ay pinatayuan ko naman ng maliit na kubo.”
Centura, who acknowledged the hardship, uncertainty, and insecurity that prevail in informal settler communities, is grateful to SHFC for helping create a better living condition for his family and other members of their association. “Sana ay hindi magsawa sa pagtulong ang SHFC sa mga maralitang taga-lungsod na magkaroon ng sariling lupa at bahay,” he said.
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Flordeliza del Rosario was talking with an inflection of excitement and anticipation on the phone as soon as she got hold of her own TCT. “Ibinalita ko na agad sa anak ko na nasa Australia na nakuha ko na ‘yung titulo,” she said with a smile. “Maagang birthday gift ito.”
The mother of two, who turned 67 on March 22, said the title will be the legacy that she will leave for her children. “Lagi ko sinasabi sa mga anak ko na mahirap ang nangungupahan,” she continued. “Ngayon na nasa amin na ang titulo, wala nang makakapagpalayas sa amin dito.”
Del Rosario, a native of Alcala, Pangasinan, still remembers the scenery in the community when they first moved to NAPICO in 1988. “Grabe ang taas ng talahib at makahiya dito noong araw,” she said. “Kahit ganun ang sitwasyon noon, nagtiyaga kami dito. Ang tagal kong binuno at pinag-ipunan itong lupa namin.” The awarding ceremony was led by Ms. Ofelia Nisperos, OIC-Manager of NCR South Area Operations, and Mr. Prandy Vergara, OIC-Chief of Division, NCR South Area Operations’ Loan Administration Division. They were joined by team members from the Legal Department and Strategic Communications Division.
NAPICO HOAI Phase 3 is composed of 254 partner-homeowners and is currently led by Mr. Roseller Fortich.