TRUE to its commitment of providing decent and affordable housing to homeless Filipino people, the National Housing Authority (NHA) is now set to award unoccupied housing units to qualified families.
The pronouncement was made by NHA Chief of Staff Atty. John Christopher T. Mahamud during NHA’s BALAI Talakayan in Quezon City as he cited Joint Resolution No. 2 passed by the 17th Congress and was approved and signed by President Rodrigo R. Duterte last May 2018.
According to Atty. Mahamud, said resolution authorizes NHA to award housing units under the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)/Philippine National Police (PNP)/Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP)/Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP)/Bureau of Corrections (BUCOR) Housing Program.
Mahamud emphasized that Joint Resolution No. 2 specifically allows NHA to dispose and allocate unawarded housing units; awarded housing units that are not yet occupied and whose ownership and possession are surrendered by their respective awardees; and housing units whose respective awards were cancelled in AFP/PNP/BFP/BJMP/BUCOR housing projects.
He also explained that Joint Resolution No. 2 was the Congress’ response to NHA’s clamor and request for authority to dispose unoccupied AFP-PNP housing units to other qualified beneficiaries following the KADAMAY invasion of NHA housing projects in Pandi, Bulacan.
“KADAMAY group had attacked and forcibly occupied NHA housing units mostly intended for our government’s armed personnel or the AFP/PNP. The incident prompted our General Manager Marcelino P. Escalada, Jr., to lobby Congress for said authority,” Mahamud said.
Pursuant to Congress Joint Resolution No. 2, Mahamud added, the NHA Board had issued Resolution No. NHA-BR-6371 dated July 13, 2018 authorizing GM Escalada to issue the Implementing Rules and Guidelines on the disposition of said housing units.
NHA Estate Management Department OIC Ms. Ana V. Baul explained that each regional office shall equitably distribute the available housing units per region to other qualified beneficiaries
Among the target beneficiaries of said housing units include walk-in applicants who submitted Housing Information Forms (HIFs) and letter requests in NHA offices and those endorsed to NHA by other government offices; LGUs informal settler families (ISFs) who are in danger areas and those affected by infrastructure projects; and LGU and National Government Agency employees where the housing project is located.