Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling of Davao City has been named as President of the Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC), a line agency of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC).
Cabling, a lawyer and former member of the Davao City Council, is the latest Dabawenyo to join the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.
Cabling started his work as SHFC President after a turnover ceremony held at the SHFC Multipurpose Hall in Makati City on June 9.
SHFC outgoing President Ma. Ana Oliveros and senior officers Eduardo Manicio, Ernesto Leynes, Atty. Jose Melgarejo, Atty.
Rosalie Taguian, and Annicia Villafuerte and SHFC employees welcomed Cabling.
Cabling said that he will ensure good relationship with SHFC partners and continue to implement policy reforms that will benefit the poor.
Cabling also said that he will not tolerate any form of corruption in the agency and urged the employees to give their best service to the public.
“Hindi natin nanakawan ang mga mahihirap,” Cabling said.
The new SHFC President has a wide grasp of socialized housing issues having chaired for many years the Davao City Council Committee on Housing and Urban Development.
Among other landmark housing-related legislation, Cabling authored the Davao City Shelter Code which mapped out strategies for urban poor housing.
Before bowing out of the local legislative body in 2013 after serving nine years, Cabling authored the Davao City Revised Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance and the Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP).
Cabling also authored the Davao City Watershed Management, Protection and Conservation Code and an ordinance declaring Marine Protected Areas in the Davao City territory of the Davao Gulf (as chairman of the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources) and the Ordinance Providing for Mandatory Representation of the Indigenous People in the Davao City Council (as chairman of the Committee on Indigenous People and Muslim Affairs).
After his stint in the Davao City Council, Cabling was elected as Barangay Chairman in 2013 of Barangay Ilang in Davao City’s industrialized Second District, where he pursued his concern for the homeless urban poor with a multi-million housing project in tandem with cement giant Holcim Philippines.