NHA to revoke awards of housing beneficiaries offering units for lease

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 17, 2021   •   367

MANILA, Philippines — The National Housing Authority (NHA) has announced that it would revoke the awards given to beneficiaries proven to be renting out awarded units.

During the Senate hearing on Wednesday (June 16), NHA General Manager Marcelino Escalada reported that they have talked to occupants of government housing projects and found that several of them are not actual beneficiaries of the NHA.

Due to this the agency conducted a validation process to determine which occupants are renters or beneficiaries.

Escalda has instructed his personnel to give the housing to beneficiaries who need it, once the occupants are proven to be renters.

“My instruction was to cancel the award because kumikita pa si original awardee your Honor. Our housing project is only P250, P300, P500 per month and they are renting it out at P3,000-4,000 by other persons interested in occupying,” he said.

(My instruction was to cancel the award because the original awardee is taking profit. Our housing project is only P250, P300, P500 per month and they are renting it out at P3,000-4,000 by other persons interested in occupying it.)

According to the NHA, there are still 3,800 housing units available for those who wish to apply for housing. AAC (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

NHA warns public against scammers; reminds to only transact with authorized personnel

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The National Housing Authority (NHA) has warned against scammers and advised the public to only transact with authorized NHA personnel.

In an advisory, the agency reiterated there are no downpayment or reservation fees needed for the application of housing units. It received reports about a scammer in Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, and Aurora areas.

“Beware of scammer. Transact only to authorized staff of the NHA-Tarlac/Nueva Ecija/Aurora District Office assigned at Acacia Green Field Homes, Brgy. Manacnac, Palayan City, Nueva Ecija, for your application to Government Employees Housing Projects in Nueva Ecija (Green Field Homes and Camp Magsaysay Place),” the advisory said.

Meanwhile, the NHA-Tarlac/Nueva Ecija/Aurora District Office also reiterated that their office is not looking for sub-contractors and the agency did not hire anyone to look for or transact with any sub-contractors. AAC

Government temporarily suspends ‘Balik Probinsya’ program

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 11, 2020

The government’s ‘Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa’ Program has been temporarily suspended to give way for the repatriation of overseas Filipinos and stranded students in Metro Manila.

National Housing Authority (NHA) General Manager Arcelino Escala Jr. said this is following the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte to prioritize the stranded individuals in Metro Manila to decongest the area to prepare for the ‘new normal’ setting.

“This was a clear instruction from the President, unahin pauwiin ang ating mga kababayan na stranded dito sa Maynila (Prioritize our fellowmen stranded in Metro Manila) and these are the OFWs (overseas Filipino workers), the construction workers, ating mga turista at mga estudyante (our tourists and students). That is the arrangement right now,” he said.

Escala said the Balik Probinsya will resume once all stranded Filipino have been sent home.

“I foresee that in the next month, let’s say for example July, I think bababa na ang demand ng stranded (there will be less demand for stranded citizens) and therefore Balik Probinsiya will now take our second rollouts by that time,” he said. –AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

NHA distributes 300 Yolanda housing units in Carigara, Leyte

admin   •   October 18, 2018

Yolanda housing units

The National Housing Authority (NHA) began the distribution of housing units on Wednesday (October 17) to victims of Typhoon Yolanda in Carigara, Leyte.

A total of 3,489 housing units have been allocated to the municipality of Carigara.

Each unit costs P290,000 including land acquisition and its development; but will be given free to beneficiaries.

The family of Mang Renato Gaspar is one of the victims of super typhoon Yolanda in 2013 in Carigara.

Since the calamity, they have been relocated thrice because they have no property to set up their permanent residence on.

“Pag-gagamitin na ng may-ari yung lupa nila, aalisin na naman yung bahay namin. Makikiusap nanaman kami sa iba,” said Mang Renato.

Gaspar was delighted to be one of the first recipients of NHA’s housing project.

“Malaking pagpasalamat namin. Safe na po talaga ito kaysa dun sa dati namin,” he said.

Carigara Mayor Eduardo Ong said that residents within the danger zone are prioritized for relocation.

“Unang priority yung coastal barangays, landslide-prone area, flood-prone, yan ang mga priority. Ang LGU ang nag-identify niyan,” said Ong.

The units have a lot area of 4×10 meters including the comfort room and laundry area.

The NHA assured that the units given to the survivors are not substandard.

The units have their own power and water lines and can withstand maximum sustained winds of up to 250 kilometers per hour (kph).

To avoid allegations of favoritism, the units will be distributed through a raffle system.

The NHA reminds beneficiaries of housing projects to follow the specific guidelines since the housing authority can reclaim their benefits if proven that they violated the rules.  — Yssa Jalmasco ( with reports from Archyl Egano)

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