On July 20, monsoon rains enhanced by tropical storm “Inday” had been battering a large section of Metro Manila, including Pasig City, since two in the morning. After a couple of hours of reprieve, downpours continued to pounce on the metro as residents of NAPICO HOAI Phase XII in Barangay Manggahan were preparing themselves for one of the most significant moments of their lives. Anxious about the weather, some were silently saying a little prayer asking for the clouds to clear, even for a short period of time. But as 9 A.M. came, it seemed that God heard their invocation as there was a slight respite from the rains, bringing smiles to the faces of 47 beneficiaries who were about to receive their original transfer certificate of titles (TCTs) from Social Housing Finance Corporation.
NAPICO HOAI Phase XII residents are all smiles as they finally receive their TCTs in a ceremony attended by about 150 people.
“This is the day for us to be happy because our beneficiaries finally received their TCTs that they have been waiting for,” said Ms. Barilla before a crowd of about 150, recalling that they had been coming back and forth to NAPICO for the past 10 years. To end her speech, she called on the beneficiaries not to pawn their titles and pay their dues diligently.
Pure joy and pride Ma. Brigette Abellera was nervously waiting on her front-row seat when she heard her name called, finally putting a smile on her face as she climbed the podium and claimed her TCT. “Masaya po ako dahil natanggap na namin yung titulo. Fulfilling po itong araw na ito,” the 22-year-old said. “Matutuwa po ang nanay ko kasi naalala ko po yung kwento niya sa amin na ang hirap ng sitwasyon nila noon kasi maputik at bumabaha sa dati nilang tinitirahan.”
Ms. Abellera says receiving the TCT is a fulfillment of her mother’s dream to own their own house.
Natividad Badis, 51, had been dreaming of owning her own house for such a long time that she thought only a miracle could bring that to reality. That miracle came that day in the form of the TCT. “Nagpapasalamat po ako kasi na-award agad (ang titulo), hindi katulad ng sa iba na hanggang ngayon ay naghihintay pa rin,” she said, her voice ringing with excitement. “Masayang masaya po ako. Masasabi ko pong maipagmamalaki ko ito sa aking mga anak.”
Mrs. Badis is in high spirits now that the TCT is finally in her hands.
Clutching the TCT he just received, Dominador Esteban climbed down the stage with a little swagger in his walk. “Napakasaya sapagkat nakamit na namin ang aming hinahangad matapos ang halos limang taong paghihintay,” the 72-year-old retiree shared. “Masaya ako kasi simula nung lumipat kami dito, wala na kami inuupahan at ligtas kami dito.”
Nora Magboo’s eyes lit up as she went back to her seat and tightly held the TCT in her right hand. Considering this moment a very significant milestone in her life, the 58-year-old was overjoyed as she and her family finally earned the fruit of their labor. “Tuwang-tuwa po ako dahil sa halos 30 taon po kaming naghintay sa araw na ito,” the mother-of-three shared. “Maganda ang sitwasyon namin dito dahil hindi na kami nangungupahan, yung perang pambayad sana sa renta ay nagagamit namin para sa aking asawang may diabetes.”
Mr. Esteban smiles broadly as he poses for a souvenir photo with a SHFC poster serving as the backdrop.
With the TCTs now in their hands, residents of NAPICO HOAI can now look forward to another chapter in their lives filled with pride and new hope. SHFC, on the other hand, remains committed to building adequate, livable, affordable, and inclusive (BALAI) Filipino communities.
SHFC is the lead agency assisting underprivileged communities to secure land tenure through shelter financing and development solutions by Building Adequate Livable Affordable and Inclusive (BALAI) Filipino communities. For more info, call (+632) 750-6337 or visit www.facebook.com/shfcph.