Thursday, January 30, 2014

VP Binay orders NHA to ensure quality of AFP/PNP housing

From the Philippine News Agency (Jan 30): VP Binay orders NHA to ensure quality of AFP/PNP housing

Vice President Jejomar Binay on Thursday reminded the National Housing Authority (NHA) to ensure the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) housing projects are not substandard before they are turned over to intended beneficiaries.

Binay issued the directive after he received a report that some units in the AFP/PNP housing project in Pagadian, Zamboanga del Sur are substandard.

He also clarified that the NHA has yet to turn over the housing units in Pagadian because they still need to go through final inspections before they are given to the beneficiaries.

"The AFP/PNP Housing project in Pagadian is not yet complete. We need to finish all the units first before we turn them over to the beneficiaries,” Binay told reporters in an interview.

He also said that out of 1,300 housing units, the NHA found only six substandard housing units in Pagadian.

“We have inspected the units constructed in the AFP/PNP housing project in Pagadian and found that only six units have problems,” he pointed out.

“We saw that the technology used in the units were not up to standard so we will demolish and rebuild them,” he added.

In April 2011, President Benigno Aquino III signed Administrative Order No. 9 creating the AFP/PNP Housing Project. The AO mandated the NHA to implement and manage housing projects for more than 260,000 military and police personnel which was also expanded to include other units of the AFP and PNP.

Each house is a two storey unit designed in row houses constructed in a 40 square meter lot and worth some P140,000 each. The selected beneficiary will have to pay P200 per month for the first five years and the remaining 30 years of payment will be computed with a compounded interest method to produce equally affordable amortization ranging from P400 to P800 only.

Phase 1 of the AFP/PNP Housing Project was already completed in 2011. Some 8,000 units were constructed in Bulacan for military and police personnel in Northern Luzon, 8,000 in Cavite and Laguna for Southern Luzon, and another 5,000 in Rizal.

The NHA continues to implement Phase II of the AFP/PNP Housing Project though the development of 30 projects across the country, which generated 20,680 units. To date, 29,810 units are under various stages of completion for Phase II of the project.

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