Binay orders probe on substandard housing units

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Friday, January 31, 2014

VICE President Jejomar Binay ordered the National Housing Authority (NHA) on Thursday to ensure that the housing projects for the Armed Force of the Philippines-Philippine National Police (AFP-PNP) in Pagadian City are not substandard before they are turned over to the beneficiaries.

Binay issued the order after he received a report that some units in the AFP-PNP housing project in Pagadian City are substandard.

Binay also clarified that the NHA has yet to turn over the housing units in Pagadian City “because they still need to go through final inspections before they are given to the beneficiaries.”


“The AFP-PNP Housing project in Pagadian City is not yet complete. We need to finish all the units first before we turn them over to the beneficiaries,” Binay said in a statement Thursday.

He also said that the NHA found only six of 1,300 housing units being constructed in Pagadian City as substandard.

“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,” he added.

President Benigno Simeon Aquino, III signed in April 2011 an Administrative Order No. 9 creating the AFP-PNP Housing Project.

The AO mandated the NHA to implement and manage housing projects for more than 260,000 military and police personnel which was also expanded to include other units of the AFP and PNP.

Each house is a two-storey unit designed in row houses constructed in a 40-square meter lot and worth some P140,000 each.

The selected beneficiary will have to pay P200 monthly 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 a month. (Bong Garcia)

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