Families of killed soldiers in Marawi to get free houses from NHA
MANILA, Philippines – Families of soldiers killed in the war which recaptured Marawi City from the Maute terror group may receive free housing units from the National Housing Authority (NHA).
Under the new AFP-PNP (Armed Forces of the Philippines - Philippine National Police) Housing Program, security officers who died on duty are entitled to two houses worth a total of P450,000.
“They will be given two units worth P450,000 free of charge. For those who have a property they own, we will provide then P450,000 worth of housing unit. For those needing repair, we will give then P150,000,” said architect Susan Nonato, head the project.
Each house will have a floor area of 60 square meters and will either be duplex type or a unit in a low-rise building, depending on the chosen area of the beneficiary.
Awardees may avail of houses located in Davao City, Bulacan, Iligan City, La Union, Tarlac, Zambales, Baguio City and Davao Oriental.
While the program also covers soldiers and police who are wounded in action, Nonato said they are currently prioritizing families of killed officers.
Soldiers and police officers who were wounded in operations are also covered by the program but it will take time for the NHA to validate their claims for free housing.
“We will only entertain those KIA (killed in action) spot reports from the AFP-PNP Housing Board… [So far], we have already received 93 KIA applicants,” said Nonato.
P200 per month amortization
Other soldiers and police officers in need of housing assistance may also apply for socialized housing under the new AFP-PNP Housing Program.
The new project was launched after the massive takeover of the urban poor group Kadamay in several housing sites in Pandi, Bulacan. President Rodrigo Duterte gave away the occupied houses and promised the police and the military personnel that they will get new and improved houses.
During a congressional hearing last April, Senate Housing and Urban Development Committee Chairperson Senator JV Ejercito said that NHA data show a very low occupancy rate of the project at only 13%.
Construction has already started on the new sites with 62,000 units. AFP and PNP will get a share of 45% while beneficiaries from the Bureau of Fire Protection, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology and the Bureau of Correction will get the remaining 10%.
Those eligible to apply are officers in the said government agencies with “no landholdings and in need of a house,” said Nonato.
Houses cost between P175,000 to P240,000. Beneficiaries are given a P35,000 discount, leaving them with a monthly amortization of P200. Applicants who have retired or are soon retiring will also get a discount but will have to pay in full. – Rappler.com