BCDA loses P52M to delinquent occupants

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A TOTAL of P52.83 million in dues remains uncollected for eight years from lessees of housing projects of a state-owned company—and only half of more than 2,000 units awarded are fully paid.

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In its report on one of the subsidiaries of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority, the Commission on Audit (COA) noticed that the BCDA Management and Holdings Inc. (BMHI) has left some of its managed properties unaccounted for.

Operating under the BCDA, the BMHI undertakes the privatization of assets and shareholdings of BCDA connected with Metro Manila camps.

The BMHI manages the Philippine National Police-National Police Commission (PNP-Napolcom) Housing Project and the Pamayanang Diego Silang in Ususan, Taguig City (Metro Manila).

BMHI is tasked to collect amortization, rentals, estate management fees from PNP and Napolcom officers off housing units leased to them with option to buy.

However, the status report of the PNP-Napolcom Housing Project showed that of the 2,250 units awarded, only 1,115—or 49.55 percent- have been paid for.

Of 1,005 existing lease-to-own agreements, 261 were delinquents, 126 were disregarded because of non-payment, while 78 contracts were cancelled owing to weak financial standing of the lessees.

Because of this, P52.83 million remains uncollected from 2004 to 2012. Accounts remained uncollected reached P39.41 million, while estate management fee, mortgage redemption insurance and electricity bills already amounted to P13.42 million as of 2012 yearend.

“Management has not fortified its billing and collection procedures to improve collection efficiency,” the report stated.

At the Pamayanang Diego Silang, the audit team found that a number of statements of account from February to April this year “show no contact person.”

A total of 1,277 units does not reflect the point person who will receive billing records since “most of the time, occupants of the units are relatives or caretakers of the awardees.”

The unofficial list of occupants also showed that 100 units were occupied by tenants other than the legitimate awardees; either they are renting the place or they are the new owners.

“If the occupants are confirmed to be other than the legitimate beneficiaries, such violations are grounds to declare the corresponding contracts null and void,” auditors warned.

The Audit agency said that BMHI must expedite the investigation or evaluation on the legitimacy of the present occupants of the housing units.

The state company must also discuss with Napolcom on how to consider an automatic salary deduction of dues from officers of the Napolcom, PNP and the Interior department residing in the housing project.

In a reply, the BMHI said they are already undertaking eviction procedures, serving of notices, and filing of appropriate charges amid threats and harassment, which BMHI staff encounters during collection.

“These courses of actions are on-going as eviction procedures and filing of cases entail time,” BMHI said.

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