Marikina now free from illegal settlers

MANILA Marikina City is now free from illegal settlers after 9,000 families were assured of security of land tenure through the help of the Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC).

Because of the relentless efforts of the local government that the city is now free from illegal settlers. Matatas ko pong masasabi na wala na kaming illegal settlers dahil sa aming mga proyekto para mga tao, at lalo na dahil sa tulong ng (I can proudly say that we no longer have illegal settlers because of our projects for the people, especially with the help of) SHFC, Marikina City Marcelino Teodoro said in his speech, during the 31st anniversary of the SHFC's Community Mortgage Program (CMP) at the GSIS Gym on Wednesday.

He said that since 1992, of the 246 community associations in Marikina, 166 or almost 70 percent already attained security of land tenure and from this, 90 communities underwent the CMP. This translates to more than 9,000 families aided by the SHFC.

Itong siyam libong pamilya pong ito na inyong natulungan ay masaya at tahimik ngayon na naninirahan, walang pangambang baka minsan ay matanggalan ng matutuluyan o masisilungan (These 9,000 families whom you have helped are now happy and are peacefully living without thinking that their shelter will be taken away from them) , the local chief executive noted.

Teodoro congratulated the SFHC, saying it has not been an easy feat implementing the CMP, which is consistently providing opportunities to organize families into sustainable and resilient communities.

He noted that Marikina has been a partner of the agency for almost 27 years in improving the living conditions of the homeless and underprivileged through affordable financing.

The affordable financing of SFHC provides the opportunity to secure tenure on the land that has been their home for the longest time, Teodoro said.

Nena V. Tiglao, Marikina City Land Management and Community Relations Division chief, said the land distribution was intensified in their city following the order of Teodoro because he wants all residents to own land.

Over 100 households from Metro Manila received their respective transfer certificate of title from the SHFC during the program. They are now part of the more than 300,000 families who have attained land tenure security since the inception of CMP in 1988, the agency said.

Lawyer Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling, SFHC president, also commended Mayor Teodoro and said that the coordination with local governments plays a very important role in their work of providing resilient and sustainable communities to people.

Senator Francis Tolentino, who also graced the event, lauded the city government of Marikina for its relentless effort in improving the lives of the residents by providing them lots.

It is not enough that you are awarded individual titles. What should be more effective is that we have titles that should lead to a resilient and sustainable community, the lawmaker said. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency

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