Housing project for military and police personnel
Fulfilling a promise to boost the morale and uplift the living standards of men and women in uniform, the President distributed Certificates of Entitlement to Lot Allocation (CELAs) to the initial batch of qualified enlisted personnel who form part of the AFP/PNP Housing Program’s first phase that targets the completion of 21,800 units within the year.
In his speech, the President recognized the diligent efforts of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP) in protecting the citizenry and ensuring peace and harmony.
“Before we expect our enlisted men and women to serve our community and our country, we must make sure their family is well taken care of and safe,” he told military and police representatives and local officials of Barangay Looc, Calamba City in Laguna.
Barangay Looc is the site of 1,500 housing units on 9.5 hectares developed by Malate Construction & Development Corporation, which represents part of a total of 21,800 units to be completed by this year. Simultaneous awardings of CELAS were also conducted in the AFP/PNP Bocaue Hills Housing Project in Barangay Batia, Bocaue, Bulacan; and Barangay Pinugay, Baras, Rizal.
President Aquino’s promise to ensure the well-being of military and police personnel was made during the 25th anniversary of the 1986 EDSA Revolution last February. He subsequently issued Administrative Order No. 9 last April 11 ordering the National Housing Authority (NHA) to formulate, implement and manage housing projects for 20,000 military and police personnel.
The AO directed the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to give priority in providing funds for the P4.2- billion housing program. The AFP/PNP housing sites are in various stages of construction in Luzon. These include Bocaue, San Jose del Monte City and Norzagaray in Bulacan; Baras and Rodriguez in Rizal, and in the south, Calamba City, Trece Martires and General Trias, Cavite. Sites in the Visayas and Mindanao have already been identified and will soon be on the drawing board to mark subsequent phases of the program.
The NHA under the leadership of General Manager Atty. Chito M. Cruz will administer the housing project. As a total community package, the NHA has earmarked as priority physical development works and community facilities to include a three-story (15-classroom) school building, day care center/health center, basketball court, wet market, tricycle terminal, police outpost and materials recovery facility and livelihood opportunities.
According to the NHA, there are now about 19,000 applications lodged at the AFP/PNP housing boards. The NHA expects demand to exceed the 20,000 units currently programmed.
The AFP/PNP Housing Program will largely provide permanent housing and security of tenure to the military and police personnel whose need for housing is being addressed immediately by the Aquino administration.
Vice President and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) Chair Jejomar C. Binay and several other national and local government officials, and military and police personnel were on hand to witness the awarding of CELAs. Following the awarding ceremony, the President also inspected the model units and turned over keys of the housing units to housing beneficiaries.
Average lot size of the housing units is between 36 square meters and 40 square meters. Physical development works and provision of community facilities such as three-storey (15-classroom) school building, day care center/health center, multipurpose/basketball covered court, wet market, tricycle terminal, police outpost and materials recovery facility and livelihood opportunities are being prioritized by the NHA as part of the program total package.
Power will be provided by the Manila Electric Company (Meralco) individual power service connection and water system through the existing water providers within the area.