Unoccupied NHA housing units up for redistribution

SENATOR Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito visits the town of Dumangas over the weekend. (Photo from JV Ejercito FB page)

UNOCCUPIED housing units for uniformed personnel built by the National Housing Authority (NHA) will be up for redistribution.

The units are for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP).

Sen. Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito, Senate Housing Committee chair, said both the Senate and the House of Representatives already passed a joint resolution authorizing the NHA to redistribute the unoccupied units to willing takers and qualified beneficiaries.

On Sept 8, 2018, Ejercito visited similar housing project in Barangay Cruz, Barotac Nuevo town with 1,050 units.

“A total of 60,000 units were built in the country for P12 billion. But 57,000 are still unoccupied. So we will redistribute them, including here in Barotac Nuevo,” Ejercito said.

The senator said they would push for reform in government housing projects like increasing the lot to 40 square meters from the original 24 square meters.

Another option is to expand the units up to 60 to 80 square meters.

“We want to make the housing units more acceptable to our men in uniform,” he said.

Ejercito clarified that the project is not free and beneficiaries have to pay P200 to P300 in monthly amortization, which NHA will use to build more houses.

Meanwhile, Ejercito said his bill on the creation of the Department of Housing might be passed before October 2018.

Senate Bill 1578 eyes to place under one roof all key shelter government agencies such as the NHA, Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG), and Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board.

The bill is in the amendment phase in the third reading.

Ejercito said the establishment of the housing department aims to address the 1.2-million housing backlog.

“If we do not do anything, by 2020, these backlogs will reach six million,” he said.

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