Merriam-Webster defines stewardship as “the conducting, supervising, or managing of something, especially the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care.” Embracing this principle as one of its core values, Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) recognized a community in Novaliches, Quezon City for its commitment to sustainability and proper use of resources. 

On December 17, 2018, Goldmine Interior Homeowners Association, Inc. (HOAI) received two additional sewing machines (piping and edging) and sewing materials from SHFC. The equipment were part of the supplemental livelihood assistance extended to the community for putting premium on accountability and responsibility in the use of livelihood equipment previously granted to them.

“Ito ay bilang pagkilala sa kanilang pagtugon sa ating hamon na paunlarin at pagyamanin ang naunang tatlong makina na ipinagkaloob noong nakaraang taon,” said Insurance and Community Enhancement Division OIC-Manager Cezar Macaspac. “Nakakatuwa kasi naging successful ‘yung project natin sa Goldmine at nakatulong tayo sa pagbibigay ng livelihood sa kanila. Iyon naman talaga ‘yung goal natin, ang tulungan ang mga communities na maging sustainable pagkatapos nating mai-turn over ang mga units at maibigay ang mga titulo.”
Grateful heart, bigger goals

Finding a steady source of income in urban poor areas used to be a major concern for the majority of 104 homepartners who evacuated from the flood-prone banks of Tullahan River. Before transferring to the High Density Housing project in Barangay Nagkakaisang Nayon, a good number of member-beneficiaries covered their daily expenditure by selling food and other goods on the street, which did not regularly produce a steady return.
“Napakalaking bagay ang ipinagkaloob sa amin ng Social Housing. Nagpapasalamat kami sa magandang oportunidad na ito, said the HOAI’s president, Mr. Ric Edianel, who proudly shared that they have started manufacturing children’s pajamas and caps since they received the additional assistance from SHFC. The association’s seamstresses, now eight-person strong, used to produce only cleaning rags and pillowcases due to limited equipment availability.
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With this development, Goldmine checked off another box in its livelihood enhancement project list, but loftier goals lay ahead: according to Mr. Edianel, they are now seeking to seal a deal with a neighboring school to make uniforms and jogging pants for its students. In addition, they are bidding to supply T-shirts for SHFC employees.

One of the objectives of ICED’s livelihood project is to help complement the income of partner-homeowners in communities the agency is supporting. As a pilot recipient of this initiative, Goldmine does not disappoint. From January to December last year, the association boasted a collection efficiency rating of 100 percent.

It is nearly impossible not to commend Goldmine as a perfect embodiment of a model community, but Mr. Edianel is quick to brush off the notion. “Ang iniisip ko lang at ng aking mga kasamang officers ay pagbutihin ang aming proyektong ito,” he said. “Balang araw, hangad din namin na makatulong sa iba pang komunidad.”

Atty. Maria Rosalie Richa Taguian, Vice President for Program Development and Enhancement, said that the next course of action is to further enhance this intervention. “Now that we have given them the basic tools, the next step is to help them in marketing,” she continued. “We hope to link them with buyers to optimize the result of this project.” Atty. Taguian shared that more livelihood programs for more communities are in the works for the rest of the year. These include conducting manicure and pedicure training and distributing starter kits to partner-homeowners in Zamboanga City.