Duterte breaks ground for NHA housing in Talisay City

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DAVAO CITY (May 22) — President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Sunday, May 20, led the groundbreaking rites of the Vista Alegre homes in Barangay Dos Hermanas, Talisay City, Negros Occidental, for the police and military personnel.

Vista Alegre Homes, is the fifth National Housing Authority (NHA) project under the new Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)/Philippine National Police (PNP) Housing Program.

Marcelino P. Escalada, General Manager of the NHA, said 1,000 duplex-type  housing units will be constructed and  is expected to be finished in 2020.

In laying the capsule, Duterte stressed “This project is a testament of the government’s commitment to address the housing needs of our people, particularly those who risk their lives to serve our country with utmost courage and integrity.”

Duterte lauded the NHA for their hard work and dedication and expressed confidence that through cooperation with the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), the agencies can build more communities like Vista Alegre.

The Talisay NHA project is the fifth housing added to the earlier AFP/PNP housing projects in Bangkal-Davao City; San Miguel, Bulacan; Balo-i, Lanao del Norte; and Concepcion, Tarlac City.

In his speech Duterte reiterated his commitment to provide shelter program for the men and women in uniform, saying it should be a decent one, “We will continue to pursue our modernization program to further enhance your capabilities, enable you to fulfill your sworn duty to protect our people and defend our democratic institution,” he said.

Fallen members of the uniformed command will also benefit in the program “And with that also, I’d like to declare my policy — of this government that I will pursue vis-à-vis with the housing and the houses also of those who would like to surrender,” he added.

Escalada revealed that the President has offered to contribute P100,000 for every housing unit.

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