Rody stops Kadamay from taking over housing units

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the PNP headed by Director General Oscar D. Albayalde to prevent members of Kadamay from occupying idle housing units for policemen and soldiers just like what they did in Rodriguez, Rizal and in Pandi, Bulacan last year. Other government housing projects for the PNP and the AFP are located in Bulacan, Rizal and Tarlac and some parts of Mindanao. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said Duterte will not allow another takeover by Kadamay of idle housing units intended for police and soldiers, after members of the urban poor group attempted but failed to occupy homes in Rodriguez, Rizal Wednesday.

Roque said Duterte has given directives to the police that Kadamay should not be allowed to take over housing units intended for government troops.

Members of the Kadamay local chapter Montalban Homeless Association trooped to the La Solidaridad-Avilon Zoo housing project on Wednesday supposedly to occupy idle housing units, but they dispersed later in the afternoon.

The group said they were only asserting their rights based on Congressional Joint Resolution No. 2, signed by Duterte last May, which allows the awarding of unoccupied housing units to other qualified beneficiaries.

Roque said the President already asserted that Kadamay’s takeover of housing units in Bulacan last year should be “the first and the last” for the group. Duterte had earlier allowed Kadamay to keep the Bulacan housing units and promised cops and soldiers of bigger and better homes.

“An order has been directed to the NHA (National Housing Authority) to explain why we have idle housing units and when they intend to give these housing units to their intended beneficiaries,” the spokesman said.

The Department of Budget and Management said P20.779 billion was released to fund housing projects for cops, soldiers, and other uniformed personnel as of March 31, 2017. The budget was allocated for the building of 74,195 housing units.

The NHA said of the 74,195 housing units, 68,836 were already completed as of July 31, 2017. Of the completed units, only 8,837 are occupied.