ADFIAP organizes STP on affordable and socialized housing

ADFIAP’s Asia-Pacific Institute of Development Finance (IDF) organized a study tour program (STP) on affordable and socialized housing on September 17-21, 2018 in Manila, Philippines to familiarize the participants from Palau and the Philippines on the housing programs of the Philippine government and other non-profit organizations.

The program was formally opened by ADFIAP’s Training Executive, Ms. Sandra Honrado, and subsequently followed by a presentation on the overview of socialized housing in the Philippines and its impact to sustainable development by Architect Manifelmo C. Dacanay, Vice President, iHome Greater Metro Manila, Inc.

The succeeding sessions of the STP included institutional visits to government-owned housing institutions like the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC), Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF or Pag-ibig Fund), and a visit to a non-profit organization, iHome Greater Metro Manila, Inc.

During the institutional visits, the participants were able to learn the country’s vision and its role on affordable housing and what it expects from other housing organizations. In addition, they also learned the challenges for developers in social housing; opportunities and legal bottlenecks in coordination, construction, and preservation of affordable housing as well as lending mechanism and access to affordable housing.

The social housing projects visited included the Golden Horizon Communities, a 200-hectare master planned township in Cavite province, South of Manila; Dream Homes Subdivision by Majestic Landscape Corporation, a subsidized and employer-initiated socialized and economic project with assistance from Pagibig Fund; and a socialized housing project for the Visually Impaired Brotherhood for Excellent Services (VIBES), developed by iHome GMM, a non-stock, non-profit Christian organization with 16 locales or branches spread all over the country.

The resource persons who shared their expertise during the one-week program were HUDCC’s Director Zacarias Abanes, Coordination, Monitoring, Evaluation, Knowledge Management Group (CMEKMG) and SHFC’s Atty. Maria Rosalie Richa A. Taguian, Vice President for Program Development & Enhancement Department and Ms. Rose Arian Roxas, Technical Staff 6, Partner Relations Division.

For inquiries on ADFIAP’s study tour programs, please email Ms. Sandra Honrado at [email protected]

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