HUDCC Press Release
23 November 2016
Led by Vice President and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council Chair Leni Robredo, officials from the HUDCC, National Housing Authority (NHA) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines – Philippine National Police Housing Board members met to identify and resolve the gaps in the government’s housing program for soldiers and police Tuesday.
The program was started five years ago under Administrative Order No. 9, s. 2011 with a total budget of ₱20.78 billion to provide homes for “low-salaried” soldiers and police and their families across various barangays in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
Based on the report of Architect Susan Nonato of NHA, over 60,738 houses had been constructed but only 8,397 are occupied as of September 30, 2016.
Commander Elpidio Trinidad Jr., chair of the AFP Housing Board, said that many soldiers were not satisfied with the design of the houses consisting of 22 sqm row houses on 40 sqm lots.
Moreover, Police Senior Superintendent Wilfredo Cayat also raised that there was a mismatch in the location of the housing sites vis-à-vis the needs of the police.
There are sites that lack applicants while other sites do not have enough houses to meet the number of applications.
Early on during the design of the program, there were concerns among AFP, PNP and NHA on the acceptability of the size of the units.
The past administration pushed through with the design however since many soldiers and police expressed their interest nonetheless given the affordability of the units compared to housing from the private sector.
Many of the unoccupied units have become dilapidated over time due to non-use as many soldiers and police were not amenable with the design but acquired the units as an investment or for retirement purposes.
Amortization for one house is only P200/month for the first five years, increasing to P1,330/month by the 25th year.
With the low payment terms, many soldiers and police to take the houses for granted.
Under NHA’s contracts with the soldiers and police, houses awarded should be occupied within 30 days otherwise the contract would be terminated.
This provision has not been enforced.
“While a few housing projects have been successful, the conditions of most of the houses in the sites I visited simply weren’t acceptable for the families of our soldiers and police,” said VP Leni.
During a technical working group (TWG) convened by the Department of National Defense (DND) last month, NHA General Manager Escalada, Jr. stated that NHA would explore combining units to make the houses more livable.
The TWG also discussed the possibility that a portion of the unoccupied houses could be provided as housing grants to the families of soldiers and police who are wounded or killed in action.
The housing sites of the AFP-PNP Housing Program are located in the following areas:
- Bgy. Conchu, Trece Martires City, Cavite
- Bgy. Luciano, Trece Martires City, Cavite
- Bgy. Biclatan, General Trias, Cavite
- Bgy. Aguado, Trece Martires City, Cavite
- Bgy. Timbao, Biñan, Laguna
- Bgy. Kay-Anlog, Calamba, Laguna
- Bgy. Looc, Calamba, Laguna
- Brgy. Banlic, Calamba, Laguna
- Bgy. Dagatan, Amadeo, Cavite
- Bgy. Halang, Amadeo, Cavite
- Bgy. Talaibon, Ibaan, Batangas
- Bgy. San Miguel, Sto. Tomas, Batangas
- Bgy. Lagalag, Tiaong, Quezon
- Bgy. Isarog, Pili, Camarines Sur
- Bgy. Palestina, Pili, Camarines Sur
- Bgy. Concepcion Palasan, Sariaya, Quezon
- Bgy. Molino, Naic, Cavite
- Bgy. La Curva, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro
- Bgy. Tambubong, Bocaue, Bulacan
- Bgy. Batia, Bocaue, Bulacan
- Bgy. San Mateo, Norzagaray, Bulacan
- Bgy. Gaya-Gaya, San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan
- Bgy. Cacarong Matanda, Pandi, Bulacan
- Bgy. San Benito, Aringay, La Union
- Bgy. Bactad, Urdaneta, Pangasinan
- Bgy. San Luis, Pugo, La Union
- Bgy. Minante II, Cauayan, Isabela
- Bgy. Nattanzan, Iguig, Cagayan
- Bgy. Kalikid Norte, Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija
- Bgy. Nazareth, Gen. Tinio, Nueva Ecija
- Bgy. Mabuco, Hermosa, Bataan
- Bgy. Atate, Palayan City, Nueva Ecjia
- Bgy. Maimpis, San Fernando, Pampanga
- Bgy. Sapang Maragul, Tarlac, Tarlac
- Bgy. San Juan de Mata, Tarlac, Tarlac
- Bgy. Caoayan, Sual, Pangasinan
- Bgy. Sipat, Plaridel, Bulacan
- Bgy. Siling Bata, Pandi, Bulacan
- Bgy. Bonga Mayor, Bustos, Bulacan
Eastern Part of Metro Manila
- Bgy. San Isidro, Rodriguez, Rizal
- Bgy. Pinugay, Baras, Rizal
- Bgy. Dalig, Teresa, Rizal
- Bgy. Pantay, Antipolo, Rizal
- Bgy. Felisa, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental
- Bgy. Cruz, Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo
- Bgy. Sta. Barbara, Iloilo
- Bgy. Lonoy, Roxas City, Capiz
- Bgy. Taytayan, Bogo, Cebu
- Bgy.Tagpuro, Tacloban City, Leyte
- Bgy. Anislag/Palanas, Calbayog City, Samar
- Bgy. Valencia, Carcar, Cebu
- Bgy. Songculan, Dauis, Bohol
- Bgy. Bogo, Pagadian City, Zamboaga del Sur
- Bgy. Cabaluay, Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Sur
- Bgy. Alae, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon
- Bgy. Cuambogan, Tagum City, Davao del Norte
- Bgy. Bawing, Gen. Santos City, South Cotabato
- Bgy. Tiniwisan, Butuan City, Agusan del Norte
- Bgy. Sarmiento, Parang, Maguindanao
- Bgy. Dansolihan, Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental
- Bgy. Trinidad, Surigao City, Surigao del Norte
- Bgy. Tagbak, Indanan, Sulu
- Bgy. San Jose, Malaybalay, Bukidnon
- Bgy. Sinoron, Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur
- Bgy. Lagao, Surigao City, Surigao del Norte
The Vice President then convened an inter-agency TWG composed of the AFP-PNP Housing Board, NHA, HUDCC, Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to further review other proposals so that the thousands of unoccupied units could be fixed into livable homes for the soldiers/police and their families as originally intended.
“We need to fill the gaps and fulfill the original objective of providing our soldiers and police with decent and affordable homes for their families,” added VP Leni.