National Housing Gen. Mgr. Chito Cruz has a lot of explaining to do to the men and women of the national police and the armed forces.
In his 2012 State of the Nation Address (SONA), President Aquino promised housing for PNP and AFP personnel.
The National Housing Authority was tapped to provide these shelters to the men and women in uniform to the tune of P22 billion until 2016.
Though some of the promised houses for law enforcers and peace keepers have been built already, unfortunately they are uninhabitable, according to complaints.
One primary example is the housing project of the NHA in Bgy. Looc, Calamba, Laguna. The typical house seems more like a barn for animals rather than living quarters for a policeman or soldier and his family.
On the video footage and pictures taken by the residents themselves, one can see farm animals sheltering in these government housing units instead.
According to the complaints, the housing units, built by Malate Construction and Development Corp. (MCDC) owned by a certain Giovanni Oliveros, are either substandard or unlivable.
Out of the 1, 200 units built by Malate Construction in 2012, only 200 are currently occupied while the rest have started to deteriorate and are getting dilapidated.
“How can you live in these houses, where from the very start the floors are uneven, the concrete walls have cracks, and the roofs are leaking?” said the wife of one resident policeman.
“Aside from our house being substandard, we also have to contend with the inconvenience of only having electricity five hours a day and undrinkable water from the faucets,” added another resident.
A deeper investigation made by TV5 on the housing project showed that MCDC does not have a license to engage in government projects in the first place.
They have been delisted from the government licensing body, the Philippine Contractors Accreditation Board (PCAB), since 1996.
According to the General Appropriations Act (GAA), a contractor must posses a license from PCAB to be able to join in biddings of government projects.
One wonders why or how Malate Construction and Development Corporation ended up with the fat and juicy project of the NHA when it does not have a license?
Tsk, tsk, tsk…the reason is obvious. Isn’t it, Mr. Chito Cruz?