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To make housing solutions faster and more accessible to the poor, Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) streamlined its housing application processes for Community Mortgage Program (CMP), which cut down documentary requirements from 27 to just nine.

The signing of the new guidelines was witnessed by Vice President and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) chair Leni Robredo during CMP’s 28th anniversary celebration in Naga City last August 18.

SHFC President Ma. Ana Oliveros said that the streamlining of processes was intended to upscale the number of informal settler families they needed to serve.

Under the said guidelines, SHFC will now get and pay for several documentary requirements from other government
agencies in behalf of the community associations (CAs). As a result, the CAs can save around P117,000 in documentary fees. It will also prevent communities from paying illegal facilitation fees.

"Ultimately, our goal is to streamline all processes and processing time will be reduced to 15 days from 30 days," Robredo said.

Government-to-government transactions

Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB) has committed to support SHFC’s streamlining efforts by forging a memorandum of understanding
(MOU) intended to facilitate government-to-government transactions to speed-up the processing and releasing of documents needed by various CAs applying for CMP.
MOU signing was held during SHFC’s CMP anniversary celebration in Cebu City last August 23, which was also attended by Robredo.

Oliveros said that the streamlined process resulting from this government-to-government approach would unburden the CAs and enable the poor to obtain security of tenure at the soonest possible time.

“Housing is essential to poverty reduction. The faster they get their houses, the earlier they can lift themselves out of poverty,” Oliveros added.

Under the MOU, SHFC and HLURB will establish a joint one-stop shop
and a common databank for faster verification and processing. They will also identify priority projects and local government units where they can initially roll out this fast-tracking of housing applications.

Robredo said that the agreement would help the poor save money and effort while applying for their housing programs. The housing czar added that HUDCC is eyeing to implement a one-stop-shop service by October that will cover all the processes of the key shelter agencies.
Vice President and housing czar Leni Robredo witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) and Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB) that aims to speed-up the application of housing projects through SHFC’s Community Mortgage Program (CMP). The MOU signing was held during SHFC’s CMP anniversary celebration in Cebu City today.