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On December 27, the Board of Directors approved the appointment of Atty. Junefe Payot as Executive Vice President of SHFC during its 14-2018 Board meeting. He took his oath before Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario, Chairperson of Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council as well as the SHFC Board.

SHFC President Atty. Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling, Corporate and Legal Affairs Department Vice President Atty. Jose Melgarejo, and National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation President Dr. Felixberto Bustos, Jr., witnessed the ceremony. Also present during the occasion were Board Members Atty. Emiliano Reyes and Lyndon Catulong, Sr., and Atty. Ryan Lita of the Department of Budget and Management.

“I see this mandate as a privilege - and a challenge - to steer SHFC towards making a more meaningful contribution to the very important work of nation-building. I shall work with the hardworking men and women of the corporation to uphold the dignity and potential of every person through the provision of adequate housing,” Atty. Payot said.
Before his appointment, Atty. Payot served as OIC-EVP beginning April 17, 2018. He was the Vice President for Operations of Mindanao Region and was the Corporate Executive Officer IV at the Office of the President before that. Prior to working with SHFC, he worked as Attorney VI at the Supreme Court. Atty. Payot was also an associate of SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan Law Offices, the largest first-tier law firm in the country.

While finishing his Juris Doctor degree at the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Law, where he was awarded the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence, he juggled responsibilities teaching at the Japanese Studies Program of Ateneo de Manila University and doing social development work.  He joined UP College of Law’s Institute of Human Rights and did work on rights-based development planning for local governments.

He brings with him more than a decade’s worth of experience in urban social development including urban socio-political research, policy-making advocacy, project management and capacity building work among civil society organizations, people’s organizations, local governments, national government agencies, and multilateral organizations.

As a strong advocate of people’s participation, he was involved in the development of programs to train urban poor communities to undertake socio-economic research surveys and social analysis. His discussion of participatory survey tools and how to use them was published as a chapter in the book “Promoting Civil Society Understanding of Cities and Participation in City Development Planning” with assistance from the Department for International Development of the UK.

To share lessons from his work with grassroots urban poor organizations, and to advocate inclusive urban development, he has been writing op-eds articles for the Philippine Daily Inquirer since 2002.
Atty. Payot earned his Master of Science in Poverty and Development degree from the University of Manchester under the Chevening Scholarship Award and graduated with Merit.