Binay launches Pabahay Caravan in Zambo City PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 09 July 2011 16:58

The country’s second ranking official, who also chairs the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), was in the city July 7 to spearhead the council’s Pabahay Caravan for the Zamboanga Peninsula and ARMM regions.

The housing event is aimed to reorient and update local government officials on the housing programs available and the roles LGUs play in the delivery of housing services to their constituents.
“Being closer to the people, the LGUs should be at the forefront in delivering housing services,” Binay said. “On the other hand, it is the role of the HUDCC to enable them to provide these services by orienting them on our housing programs and granting financial support to implement such projects in their areas,” he added.

In response, Mayor Lobregat bared the city’s initiatives in delivering housing services to the Zamboangueno people, highlighting the development of the former Azcuna property at Barangay Mercedes estimated to cost P43M. This is to further increase the number of family/beneficiaries who can avail of the city’s Relocation and Resettlement Program.

From being blacklisted to originate Community Mortgage Program (CMP) projects in 2004 due to dismal collections, Zamboanga is now among the most active CMP originators in the country.
Yesterday’s housing caravan was the sixth conducted this year by HUDCC and its Key Shelter Agencies after similar events were held in Cebu, Baguio City, Tagaytay City, Davao and Pampanga.

Vice President and HUDCC chair Binay was joined by heads of the Key Shelter Agencies – Atty. Chito Cruz, General Manager, National Housing Authority (NHA); Atty. Ria Corazon Golez-Cabrera, Commissioner, Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB); Atty. Darlene Marie Berberabe, Chief Executive Officer, Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF); Ma. Ana R. Oliveros, President, Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC); and Joseph Peter Sison, President, National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation (NHMFC).

Governors, mayors, congressmen and local planning/housing officials were in attendance to take part in the two-day workshop. — Claudine Uniana/City Hall PIO