Duterte inaugurates housing projects for servicemen, IDPs in Lanao

By Irma Boza

March 1, 2018, 9:27 pm

ILIGAN CITY--President Rodrigo Roa Duterte led the groundbreaking ceremony of a housing program for police and military personnel in the town of Baloi, Lanao del Norte on Wednesday.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines/Philippine National Police housing program under the National Housing Authority (NHA) will consist of 1,000 houses within a 210,000 square-meter property in Brgy. Maria Cristina, said NHA general manager Marcelino Escalada Jr.

Escalada said the housing units would occupy around 140,000 square meters, and the rest of the property would be utilized for a multi-purpose covered court, as well as play and green areas.

Each unit will sit on an 80 square-meter lot with a floor area of 60 square-meter. It would be equipped with a living room, dining room, toilet and bath, a family area and two bedrooms, Escalada said.

Escalada said each unit would cost around PHP950,000 and would benefit AFP and PNP personnel within Region 10 and nearby provinces.

Minus the PHP70,000 subsidy that President Duterte has already committed for each beneficiary, the NHA official said recipients would be paying a low amortization cost of PHP5,700 per month for 25 years.

The housing units will be delivered to the beneficiaries by December next year.

On the same day, meanwhile, Duterte also flew to Marawi City to lead the inauguration of the Bahay Pagasa Phase 2 in Brgy. Mipaga.

The Bahay Pag-asa is an immediate shelter and accommodation housing complex for internally-displaced persons (IDPs) , featuring 60 single-detached houses with individual kitchen, toilet and bath facilities.

Sitting on a one-hectare lot, the military-led housing project is equipped with basic community-living amenities such as deep well, water storage facilities, electric power connection, a community center, sports facilities, children's playroom and a learning center, parking lots and even a community garden. (Irma Boza/PNA)