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FROM CMP DOUBTERS TO HOMEOWNERS: BULACAN COUPLE SECURES KID’S
FUTURE WITH OWN HOUSE
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Owning a house felt like a distant dream for Von Edward Marquez and his wife, Ann, partner-homeowners from Policarpio Ville HOAI of San Jose del Monte, Bulacan. But they were determined to turn it into reality for the future of their child and that dream finally came true on October 9 when they received their transfer certificate of title (TCT) from SHFC.
Ann vividly recalled the struggle of renting while starting their family back in 2016. “Dati sa Quezon City po kami nakatira. Kakakasal lang po namin noon at nangungupahan lang kami,” she shared. Edward echoed the sentiment, noting that they spent P4,500 per month for a small apartment. “Grabe po ang hirap. Imbes na ipunin namin para sa anak namin ‘yung binabayad namin, sa renta lang napupunta ‘yung pera.”
It was in that same year when the young couple found out about CMP. After the local government and original landowners decided that the lot is best suited for CMP due to the existing presence of informal settler families, those who were living within one kilometer from the project reached out, including Edward and Ann,
“Sa totoo lang po, noong nabanggit sa amin ang CMP, medyo nag-doubt kami pero ang sabi namin, wala namang masama kung susubukan mo ‘di ba?” Ann asked. Given the soaring prices of land nowadays, the mother of two feels extremely lucky that they are only paying about P300 a month for their lot in Barangay Mulawin.
Edward, out of gratitude, could not help but recognize the extra effort, concern, and passion shown by SHFC employees in dealing with them. “Salamat sa malasakit ng Social Housing at nakita namin na talagang tutok sila sa mga beneficiaries, talagang pinagpuyatan nila, at dugot pawis ang inalay nila para maisakatuparan ‘yung mga pangarap ng mga nagtitiwala sa kanila,” he said.
The Marquez family gladly built not only their first home in Policarpio Ville HOAI but also the foundation and future of their family. “Sobrang saya po at nagpapasalamat kami kay Lord kasi sa murang edad namin, nagkaroon kami ng investment na magagamit din ng anak namin sa future,” Ann said.
Aside from Edward and Ann, 18 other partner-homeowners received their TCT that day in a ceremony led by SHFC Central Luzon Branch. Mobilized by the local government of San Jose del Monte, Policarpio Ville HOAI is composed of 83 members and is currently headed by Victoria Fernandez.