20 August 2016
In line with the aim to streamline all procedures within the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) and all the shelter agencies under it, the Social Housing Finance Corp. (SHFC) is issuing new rules on socialized housing projects under the High Density Housing and the Community Mortgage Program (CMP) to lessen documents and processing time.
For CMP, communities and homeowners associations will only have to submit 9 documents from the previous 27 documents.
The new rules were signed by Vice President and HUDCC Chairperson Leni Robredo and SHFC President Ana Oliveros at the Villa Robredo CMP Project in Naga Thursday.
“SHFC itself will procure several documents from government agencies and LGUs on behalf the communities,” said SHFC President Ana Oliveros.
For years, stakeholders had to contend with bureaucratic red tape that take them as long as 2 years for documents to be processed.
“We want to make our services for efficient so we can scale up the number of families we can serve,” said Vice President Leni Robredo.
The new rules are also intended to help prevent communities from being subjected to the payment of illegal “facilitation fees.”
“Ultimately, our goal is streamline all processes and processing time will be reduced to 15 – 30 days,” VP Leni said.
Socialized housing projects have been delayed in the past due to conflicting registrations of homeowners associations in HLURB.
For BIR, beneficiaries of housing programs had to be absent from work or their livelihoods and incur additional travel expenses since the processing of capital gains tax exemptions (CGTE) were centralized.
Under the proposed agreements, HLURB is developing an online integrated database for the registration of homeowners while BIR will decentralize processing of CGTE applications.
HLURB is also working with the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) to come up with a harmonized land use plan that will eliminate the need for communities to get another level of clearance from DAR to convert agricultural to residential lands for on-site projects.
SHFC will also coordinate with the Land Registration Authority (LRA) to facilitate the issuance of the titles covering community-housing projects.
The initiative stems from a series of consultations with various groups from the urban poor.
“This is also in line with our strategy to mainstream community-driven approaches to urban development and housing,” said VP Leni.
As Chairperson of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), the Vice President is also the chairperson of the board of directors of SHFC, HLURB and the other Key Shelter Agencies (KSAs), Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG), National Housing Authority, Home Guaranty Corp., and National Home Mortgage Finance Corp.