The BREADWINNER | Mario F. Fetalino Jr.
There’s a humble subdivision in Las Pinas diligently waiting for the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board to conduct the much awaited election of officers for the village’s homeowners’ association.
A decision was earlier made by HLURB to hold the election for the Woodridge Homeowners’ Association Inc. or WHAI after the quasi judicial agency declared the last election null and void due to poll fraud. The decision was handed down late last year following a case filed by vigilant homeowners earlier.
Until now however, HLURB has not yet set a date for the polls, leaving very important matters of the association, particularly its survival, in the hands of a questionable leadership benefitting from a holdover capacity.
WHAI’s current leadership is the subject of many complaints ranging from incompetence to corruption. Lack of support from homeowners already rendered the WHAI bankrupt as shown by its dwindling funds in the bank and piling up bills on security and other service providers.
If WHAI loses the vital security and power services, the villagers will surely become sitting ducks to thieves, riding in tandem, and other bad elements. It will also weaken the community’s defenses against the threat posed by the Covid 19 pandemic.
In other words, the safety and health of more than a hundred families in the subdivision will be compromised, something President Duterte would not like to happen given his relentless effort to save millions of Filipinos from the global outbreak.
But Duterte’s hands are full with other priorities, most of which are the poor families hardest hit by the health crisis. Good to know he is aided by reliable government agencies–DOH, PNP, DILG, etc—which are busy implementing national anti-covid 19 programs.
Now, I wonder what’s keeping HLURB headed by its chief executive officer and commissioner Melzar P. Galicia or even the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council led by Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario busy lately.
As extended arms of Duterte, they are also expected to help people in need. Families in Woodridge need to install new leaders who are honest, qualified, and efficient as soon as possible. Delaying the polls could result to the village’s decay.
The immediate action of HLURB and HUDCC can truly help the association recover from corruption and the pandemic.
For the benefit of more state workers, the Government Service Insurance System is extending its Financial Assistance Lan program or GFAL until December 29, 2021.
GSIS has posted disbursement of over P110 billion under the program since its launch in May 2018, benefitting more than 271,000 government employees.
GSIS President and General Manager Rolando Ledesma Macasaet said by transferring their loans from other lending institutions and consolidating these under GFAL, GSIS members will benefit from reduced monthly amortization, lower interest rate of 6% per annum and longer payment term of six years. They will also enjoy higher take-home pay and their retirement benefits will be protected from loan deductions while helping GSIS improve its loan collection efficiency.
Aside from paying out the debts of members with other lending institutions, GFAL has the Top-Up Loan feature that allows members to borrow the remaining loan amount for their personal needs. If a member’s GFAL loan, for instance is P300,000, he or she may borrow the remaining P200,000 under the Top-Up Loan.
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