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Atty. Cabling (second from left) joins other heads of agencies involved in Rebuilding Marawi initiative for the groundbreaking of the housing project.

Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) co-led the groundbreaking and capsule-laying ceremony in Marawi on February 4, marking a significant milestone in the post-conflict rehabilitation of the city. The agency is allotting P248 million for the land acquisition and site development of two locations under the Rebuilding Marawi City through Community-driven Shelter and Livelihood Support initiative.

A joint effort with the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN Habitat), the project broke ground in Dulay Proper, one of the sites where the houses of internally displaced persons will be constructed on. SHFC President Atty. Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling and Management Services Group Vice President Annicia Villafuerte took part in the ceremony, along with Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) Assistant Secretary Felix Castro, Jr. of Task Force Bangon Marawi, Japan Minister for Economic Affairs Makoto Iyori, and UN Habitat Country Programme Manager Christopher Rollo.

Mayor Majul Gandamra, City Administrator Camid Gandamra, Dulay Proper Barangay Chairman Minsoari Ala, Marawi Sultanate League President Sultan Nasser Sampaco, Ulama Council President Aleem Abdulmalik Angnie, and representatives from homeowners associations were also present in the activity. Operations Group OIC-Senior Vice President Atty. Leo de Ocampo, Mindanao Region OIC-Vice President Atty. Ronaldo Saco, and Iligan and Marawi Area Resettlement Project Manager Engr. Felman Gilbang were part of the SHFC contingent.

Building together
In his speech, Atty. Cabling shared the importance of the tried and tested multi-stakeholder and participatory People Plan’s approach that SHFC is adopting for the program to be successful. “This is a community-driven project,” he continued. “Along with our partners, we should help one another to accelerate the completion of the project.”

Atty. Cabling vowed that the construction of houses will conform to the religious and cultural standards of the community. He added that SHFC, as one of the key shelter agencies under HUDCC, will fulfil its role to realize the collective ambition of the BALAI (Building Adequate Livable Affordable and Inclusive Filipino Communities) scheme.
The construction of the houses, to be led by UN Habitat, is expected to be completed by March 2020. To cost around P200,000 per unit, the structures will be two storeys high and can accommodate up to eight family members. The beneficiaries can stay in the land where their houses will be built for a certain number of years under a usufruct agreement. This means that they will not have to pay for the land during that period. But they can also opt to purchase the lot where their house will stand when they gain the capacity to do so.

To jump-start the project, SHFC awarded checks amounting to P7.6 million and P1.1 million to purchase a 133,870 square meters lot in Dulay West and a 22,625 square meters of land in Dulay Proper, respectively, for the benefit of 900 partner-homeowners. The payment, which represented an initial 20 percent of the total proceeds, was made in a ceremony led by Atty. Cabling to landowners Paisal Rodi and Lacsaman Ampuan in Makati on January 11.