4 November 2016
With more than 1.5 million informal settler families (ISFs) and 108,000 families in Yolanda-stricken areas still in need of socialized housing, Vice President and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council Chairperson signs a tripartite deal with the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and the National Housing Authority (NHA) aimed to fast track the processes in building more permanent houses for the survivors Thursday morning.
The signed Memorandum of Agreement (MOA)’s objectives are to prioritize and expedite the processing and issuance of the Certificate of Tax Exemption for transfers of raw land to NHA intended for socialized housing projects.
Under the Agreement, the BIR commits to eliminate unnecessary documentary requirements needed for it to issue a Certificate of Tax Exemption.
To further streamline the process, requests for the issuance of the Certificate of Tax Exemption will also be processed directly by the Office of the Commissioner.
“This is a significant step forward in our race against time to move as many families as quickly as possible to safer, more permanent and more livable homes and communities,” the vice president said.
To ensure the effectiveness of the new deal, BIR, HUDCC and NHA agreed to hold regular consultations to monitor the effectiveness of procedures, and to address remaining bottlenecks.
The signatories of the MOA were VP and HUDCC Chair Leni Robredo for HUDCC, Commissioner Caesar Dulay for BIR and NHA General Manager Marcelino Escalada, represented by the Officer-in-Charge for NHA Visayas Management Office, Ms. Grace Guevarra.
The NHA is also tasked with assisting the BIR in the evaluation & verification of documentary requirements to be attached to the application as well as providing the list of authorized officers to certify records from NHA.
Meanwhile, HUDCC will assist the BIR in identifying and monitoring socialized housing projects under RA No. 7279 qualified for tax incentives by submitting a regularly updated master list of socialized housing projects of the national government.
“This agreement with BIR is one of our efforts to clear out the choke points that were identified as roots of the very protracted process in the delivery of socialized housing and resettlements, even in emergency situations,” VP Leni said.
HUDCC is currently working on two other agreements with HUDCC, BIR and the Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) that is supportive of the socialized housing programs under the latter’s Community Mortgage Program (CMP).
Another MOA will be signed with the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB) for socialized housing programs to be undertaken by the private sector.