Ms. Ronadale Zapata
VP Noli steps up ‘Squatter to Homeowner’
POOR FAMILIES GAIN HOUSING SECURITY OF TENURE IN TAGUIG
13 December 2005
“Kapag may tiyaga, May lupa.” VICE President and
concurrent Housing and Urban
Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) chairman Noli ‘Kabayan’ De
Castro stepped up his campaign to turn informal settlers into
legitimate homeowners as more than 400 poor families gained tenural
security in Baranggay Tanyag, Bicutan, Taguig yesterday.
De Castro awarded transfer certificates of title (TCTs) to
21 beneficiaries who have fully paid their amortizations as well as
certificates of title reservations to 389 beneficiaries who have yet to
complete payments under the housing program facilitated by Executive
Order no. 48.
EO 48, De Castro explained, identifies non-core properties
of the Philippine National Railways (PNR), which are open for
disposition for socialized housing. Other PNR properties are currently
being identified for disposal with the railway families as
beneficiaries, he added.
The Vice President said the government has been disposing
idle PNR properties nationwide to serve the land requirements of the
national housing program currently being implemented by HUDCC and the key shelter agencies
Last week in Sta. Ana, Pampanga, a total of 235 beneficiaries also
received certificates of lot awards from PNR non-core properties, which
are likewise covered by EO 48, De Castro bared.
Later in the afternoon yesterday, more than 20 beneficiaries from
Manuguit, Tondo, Manila beamed as they finally received their
long-awaited TCT from the HUDCC
A total of 21 families secured the lots they are occupying in
Manuguit after completing payments under the Community Mortgage Program
(CMP) of the Socialized Housing Finance Corporation, a newly created
subsidiary of the National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation.
“Maagang pamasko ang mga lupaing ito para sa ating mga kababayan
bagamat matagal nila itong inantay. Pero nagagalak na rin ako dahil sa
pakikipagtulungan ng mismong mga benepisaryo sa pamahalaan ay
napasakanila na rin sa wakas ang mga lupang kinatitirikan ng kanilang
mga bahay,” De Castro said.
De Castro lauded local government officials from Bicutan, Taguig, Sta.
Ana, Pampanga, and Tondo, Manila as well as the non-government
organizations and peoples’ groups that partnered with HUDCC in pursuing the shelter
thrust of the government.
“But most importantly, I thank the beneficiaries for working hard with
all of us to make their dreams a reality. Sa halip na malulong sa
kawalang pag-asa at panghihina ng loob, pinili ninyong gumawa ng paraan
upang matugunan ang inyong problema. At sinagot naman kayo ng
pamahalaan,” he said.
“This is why today”, De Castro said, “instead
of saying kapag may tiyaga may nilaga, we might as well say: Kapag may
tiyaga, may lupa.”
Ref. VPMEDIA 05-191