By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter
PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has approved Joint Resolution No. 02 that authorizes the National Housing Authority (NHA) to award to other qualified beneficiaries the unawarded housing units.
The congressional resolution also allows the agency to award housing units that are not yet occupied by beneficiaries from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), and Bureau of Corrections (BuCor).
The resolution also covers units “whose ownership and possession are surrendered by awardees and respective awards were cancelled.”
According to a 2016 report by the Commission on Audit (CoA), as cited in the resolution, the target units for completion were 68,689 units, the completed units reached 62,472 of which only 7,143 were occupied and unoccupied units totaled 55,329.
As of July 31, 2017, according to the NHA, 63,836 units were fully completed, and of the completed units, only 8,837 units are occupied.
“The COA concluded that the low occupancy rate of the completed housing units will result in the loss of opportunity for the government to recover costs that can be spent for other social projects,” the resolution also noted.
The joint resolution was passed by the Senate as Senate Joint Resolution No. 08 on Dec. 11, 2017 and adopted by the House of Representatives as an amendment to House Joint Resolution No. 15 on Jan. 17, 2018.
Mr. Duterte approved the resolution on May 9.