Pag-IBIG’s Commitment to Affordable Housing Loans

Pag-IBIG Chief Executive Officer Marilene Acosta. PHOTO BY MIKE ALQUINTO
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The Pag-IBIG Fund’s Commitment to Supporting Government’s Housing Projects

The Pag-IBIG Fund understands the significance of its commitment to supporting the government’s housing projects, and it is determined to make a lasting impact. The recent approval of nearly P20 billion worth of housing loans is just the beginning of the Fund’s efforts to address the housing backlog in the Philippines.

Dedication to Providing Affordable Housing Options

CEO Marilene Acosta’s announcement during the Kapihan sa Manila Hotel event showcased the Fund’s dedication to providing affordable housing options for Filipino families in need. The approved loans will contribute to the construction of 18,000 housing units, a significant step towards the government’s goal of constructing 6 million houses.

Commitment to Making Affordable Housing Accessible to All

The 4P projects, currently underway in various locations such as Bacolod, Palayan City, Pampanga, and Bulacan, are a testament to the Fund’s commitment to making affordable housing accessible to all. These initiatives aim to not only provide shelter but also create vibrant communities where families can thrive.

Pivotal Role in the Success of Government’s Flagship Housing Program

With a substantial commitment of P250 billion over the next six years, the Pag-IBIG Fund is poised to play a pivotal role in the success of the government’s flagship housing program. This allocation serves as seed money, aligning with the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development’s call for Pag-IBIG to take the lead. By taking this significant step, the Fund is providing a solid foundation for the President’s housing program to flourish.

Collaboration and Stakeholder Involvement

CEO Acosta emphasized that the government cannot solve the housing problem alone. It requires the active involvement of all stakeholders, including the beneficiaries or buyers. The Pag-IBIG Fund is ready to provide not only financial assistance but also technical expertise to facilitate the implementation of housing projects. By collaborating with the DHSUD, the Fund aims to fast-track and coordinate efforts to ensure the successful completion of these projects.

Interest Subsidies and Long-Term Support

In addition to the financial commitment, the national government has issued interest subsidies for housing loans. The Pag-IBIG Fund eagerly awaits the production of housing units to fully utilize these subsidies. Furthermore, there is a proposal in the House of Representatives to turn the interest subsidy into law, demonstrating the government’s dedication to supporting affordable housing initiatives in the long term.

Reaching Out to All Segments of Society

CEO Acosta also underscored the importance of reaching out to all segments of society, including employed informal settler families (ISFs). These families often have informal sources of income, and the Fund has tailored programs to cater to their specific needs. The Pag-IBIG Fund is intensifying its campaign to encourage other income groups, such as tricycle drivers and small-scale entrepreneurs, to register and become members. By obtaining certificates of engagement from their barangay, these individuals can apply for housing loans and fulfill their dream of owning a home.

Expanding Opportunities and Inclusivity

To further expand its reach and inclusivity, the Pag-IBIG Fund has also implemented various programs and initiatives to cater to the specific needs of different income groups. For instance, the Fund has introduced a special housing loan program for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), recognizing their unique circumstances and the challenges they face in acquiring affordable housing in the Philippines.

Under this program, OFWs can avail of housing loans with more flexible terms and lower interest rates. This initiative not only acknowledges the significant contributions of OFWs to the country’s economy but also ensures that they have access to quality housing options upon their return to the Philippines.

Moreover, the Pag-IBIG Fund has partnered with local government units (LGUs) to implement socialized housing programs in urban areas. These programs aim to address the housing needs of low-income families living in informal settlements and slum areas. Through these partnerships, the Fund is able to provide affordable housing options to those who need it the most, enabling them to improve their living conditions and break free from the cycle of poverty.

In addition to its housing loan programs, the Pag-IBIG Fund also offers various savings and investment options to help individuals build their financial stability and secure their future. Members can contribute to the Fund through their monthly savings, which can then be used to avail of housing loans or other benefits. The Fund also offers a voluntary provident savings program, allowing members to save more and earn higher dividends.

By promoting financial literacy and providing accessible financial services, the Pag-IBIG Fund is empowering individuals from all income groups to take control of their finances and achieve their long-term goals. Through its comprehensive approach to housing and financial services, the Fund is not only addressing the immediate needs of Filipino families but also contributing to the overall development and well-being of the nation.

Source: The Manila Times

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