Marcos vows housing program for police officers, soldiers

At a glance

  • President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. said they have begun crafting a program to provide housing to uniformed personnel

  • This is part of the administration aim to provide one million houses to Filipinos every year until 2028

  • (Photo courtesy of Malacañang)

A housing program for soldiers and police officers is now in the works, President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. said.

“We have begun to craft the program for the housing of the uniformed personnel, the policemen and the military,” Marcos said.

The President met with Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Rodolfo Azurin Jr., Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff Gen. Andres Centino, Human Settlements Secretary Jose Acuzar and Cavite Gov. Jonvic Remulla on Tuesday in Malacañang to discuss the plan.

"Pinagusapan namin kung papaano ang maging sistema, dahil kailangan namin i-design yung sistem kasi naiba ang sitwasyon, lalo na ang militar, kesa sa civilian population (We discussed the system because we already need to design it based on the situation of the military as it differs with the civilian population)," Marcos said on Wednesday on the sidelines of the 126th founding anniversary of the Philippine Army.

The President said the government has to figure out how to go about the possible transfer of property once the officer is deployed to another place.

"For example the military, how do we handle the transfer of pag nilipat sila sa ibang lugar (if they are deployed to another place), what can they do, mawawala na lang ang bahay nila (will they lose their house)? So what’s the financing that we can provide. So ngayon (now), those details are being worked out," Marcos said.

Marcos said they are now starting "to put together the system wherein they can be included in the financing system" with both public and private banks.

He noted that there is available land for the program and the government has just to work on a scheme to get others onboard.

“We have to develop the concepts further but I’m determined to provide the housing for our uniformed personnel. We will not stop until we're able to do that,” he said.

"[W]e have to make sure because in alam naman natin ang dami sa pulis natin ay homeless kung saan saan na lang nakatira, and the truth be told ang iba squatter talaga at wala na silang matirahan. So we have to remedy that situation at marami tayong pinapagawa sa kanila. The military is the same thing, we have to help them with their housing (We have to make sure because we know that a lot of policemen are homeless,and the truth be told ang iba squatter, some of them live in the slum)," he added.

The President has led site inspections and launches of different housing projects in Metro Manila and in the provinces under the administration's flagship program billed as the Pambansang Pabahay para sa Pilipino: Zero ISF (Informal Settler Family) 2028 Program.

It aims to address the housing backlog in the country pegged at more than 6.5 million units.

The Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) was tasked to build one million housing units every year for the next six years, with P36 billion annual interest support from the national government.