TACLOBAN CITY- Mayor Alfred Romualdez of this city was given authority by the city council as a mortgage program mobilizer. As a mortgage program mobilize, Romualdez would now act as a community organizer wherein he will assist, prepare, organize the community in participation for the mortgage program, Councilor Jerry Uy explained. Uy, who chairs the committee on laws at the council, said that the appointment of Romualdez as a mortgage program mobilizer is a requirement under the Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC).
“(He) has the duty to educate the informal settlers, what are their obligations, when given a housing unit” added Uy, referring to Romualdez function as a community organizer.
Uy said that the city government, through its City Housing Office(CHO) or the Urban Poor Office may automatically be accredited provided that majority of its officers and staff has undertaken a training course in community mortgage program provided by the SHFC or its accredited institution. He further informed that under the program, the city government of Tacloban is not required of any cash equity for the socialized housing project. Councilor Uy said that he learned from a source that a CMP team of the SHFC is now in the city coordinating with the CHO addressing concerns and issues regarding the socialized housing program of the city under the Community Mortgage Program. The city government is now focused in providing permanent shelter to all its city residents who lost their houses during the onslaught of supertyphoon Yolanda more than 10 months ago. (LIZBETH ANN A. ABELLA)