House to back Duterte hous­ing for PNP, AFP

Manila Bulletin - - National News - By BEN ROSARIO

Pres­i­dent Duterte’s re­quest for fund­ing guar­an­tees to fi­nance bet­ter hous­ing projects for the coun­try’s uni­formed per­son­nel will be heeded by the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives as it fi­nal­izes the pro­posed 2019 na­tional bud­get.

Que­zon City Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Al­fred Var­gas, vice chair­man of the House Com­mit­tee on Ap­pro­pri­a­tions, said amend­ments to the pro­posed P3.757-tril­lion bud­get are still be­ing fi­nal­ized by the small com­mit­tee cre­ated for the pur­pose.

Var­gas said this would al­low the panel to guar­an­tee the grant of Duterte’s re­quest to al­lo­cate funds for the hous­ing projects that would ben­e­fit mem­bers of the Armed Forces of the Philip­pines (AFP) and the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP).

The Pres­i­dent made the re­quest dur­ing a meet­ing with for­mer pres­i­dent and now House Speaker Glo­ria Ma­ca­pa­gal Ar­royo.

Var­gas strongly backed Duterte’s ap­peal, say­ing that House it is only proper that mil­i­tary and po­lice per­son­nel and their fam­ily be ac­corded de­cent hous­ing units.

“The govern­ment should also pri­or­i­tize hous­ing projects for dif­fer­ent sec­tors, es­pe­cially for the mem­bers of our mil­i­tary and po­lice forces as a way of show­ing grat­i­tude for the ser­vices they are giv­ing to the Filipino peo­ple. I fully sup­port this ini­tia­tive of the Pres­i­dent,” he said.

Var­gas noted that Duterte had long been ad­vo­cat­ing for bet­ter shel­ter pro­gram for the uni­formed per­son­nel.

The QC law­maker af­firmed his sup­port for Duterte’s ad­vo­cacy when he de­fended the pro­posed 2019 bud­gets for the var­i­ous hous­ing agen­cies of the govern­ment.

Dur­ing the bud­get de­lib­er­a­tion, Var­gas noted that out of the P36 bil­lion bud­get sought by the Na­tional Hous­ing Au­thor­ity (NHA), only P360 mil­lion was granted by the Depart­ment of Bud­get and Man­age­ment (DBM).

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