HUDCC Press Release
24 October 2016
Vice President and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council chair Leni Robredo announced today that members of the Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG Fund) who are residing in areas declared under state of calamity could now apply for calamity loans.
Robredo, who is also the Pag-IBIG chair, also said that she instructed Pag-IBIG to identify areas where they can conduct Mobile offsite processing of calamity loan applications and deploy mobile Service Desks to accept calamity loan applications.
So far, the provinces under a state of calamity due to the effects of Typhoon Lawin include Cagayan, Mountain Province, Ilocos Norte, Kalinga and Apayao.
“Makakaasa po ang ating mga kababayang na handa ang ating mga Pag-IBIG regional offices at magiging mabilis at maayos ang pagproseso ng kanilang mga calamity loans,” she added.
Under the Pag-IBIG Fund’s Calamity Loan Program, affected members have 90 days to file from the date of the declaration of State of Calamity. To apply, members only need to present two valid IDs and a properly filled out Calamity Loan Application Form.
For other affected housing loan borrowers, Robredo said Pag-IBIG would send a team to assess the damage on mortgaged properties in calamity-hit areas and assist them in filing their Insurance Claim applications.
“Gaya ng ginawa namin sa Batanes, tutulungan po natin ang ating mga kababayang nasalanta na makapagfile ng Allied Perils Insurance Claims. Mayroon po tayong Housing Business Center sa Tuguegarao at umaasa po kaming maraming Pag-IBIG members ang matutulungan nito,” she added.
Robredo visited Cagayan and Isabela on Friday after Super Typhoon ‘Lawin’ devastated the province.
She met with Governor Manuel Mamba and other local officials in Cagayan and with Governor Bojie Dy, Congressman Rodolfo Albano and other provincial leaders in Isabela to assess the damage wrought by the typhoon and to see what kind of assistance her office can provide.
The mandate on emergency assistance and relief operations is on the Department of Social Work and Development and Office of Civil Defense, while HUDCC’s work is on finding solutions for establishing permanent, resilient, and safe communities in the long term so that homes would endure typhoons and other disasters.
“Ang interes po natin ay makahanap ng mga solusyon para sa mas permanente at mas matibay na mga pabahay at pamayanan na kayang malagpasan ang mga susunod na sakuna sa kinabukasan,” she emphasized.