• NHA to ensure quality of AFP/PNP housing

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    Vice President Jejomar Binay has ordered the National Housing Authority (NHA) to ensure that the Armed Forces of the Philippines/Philippine National Police (AFP/PNP) housing projects are not substandard before they are turned over to inten- ded beneficiaries.

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

    “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,” he said.

    Binay 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 said.

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

    In April 2011, President Benigno Aquino 3rd signed Administrative Order 9 creating the AFP/PNP Housing Project. The order mandated the NHA to implement and manage housing projects for more than 260,000 military and police personnel, a project that was also expanded to include other units of the AFP and PNP.

    Each house is a two-story unit designed in row houses constructed in a 40-square-meter lot and worth about P140,000 each. The selected beneficiary will have to pay P200 a 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.

    Phase 1 of the AFP/PNP Housing Project was 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 has 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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