“I will ask you soldiers and the policemen, just leave the houses, and just give it to them because they are poor. I will build better housing units equipped with water and electricity supply. ”
This was the pronouncement of President Rodrigo Duterte to government troops.
Just like the past administration, it cannot be denied that the incumbent one also attended to the needs of soldiers and policemen.
Their salaries increased, their children get scholarship grants, and they also offered with housing units.
However, in over five years, many complaints are now surfacing regarding several seemingly abandoned state housing projects.
This is why some groups like Kadamay decided to forcibly occupy government housing units in Pandi and San Jose del Monte Bulacan.
In an interview with the National Housing Authority (NHA) on the program Bawal ang Pikon, Get It Straight with Daniel Razon on August 30, the amount the government spent on the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP) housing programs was revealed.
“P16 billion. P16 billion for 63, 499 units for the AFP, PNP,” said NHA Spokesperson Elsie Trinidad.
One of the housing sites being complained of is the lake breeze residences in Laguna.
Based on the figures of the NHA, of the more than 2,000 units built on the housing site, only 421 are currently occupied.
This means 80 percent of the houses are unoccupied or abandoned.
Each unit is worth 260,000 pesos, meaning, more than 400-million pesos of the amount spent for the housing project might have been put to waste.
This amount is aside from other AFP and PNP housing programs, of which, the government has allotted 16-billion pesos.
It was in 2012 when housing units in the lake breeze residences were completed and turned over to the NHA and PNP-AFP Housing Board.
However, until now, none of the two government offices accept accountability for the abandoned houses.
“We are open to that. If someone will file a case, any day is open to that,” said the spokesperson.
Meanwhile, the PNP has this request…
“To the NHA and the developer, once we issued the certificate of awards, they should do whatever it is they should do for the housing units,” said PNP Engineering Services PSSupt. Ruben Mendoza.
Many are hoping that the said problem be resolved at the soonest possible time.
Because in the end, groups like Kadamay might forcibly occupy the said housing units which are supposedly for government troops. — Jun Soriao | UNTV News & Rescue