Duterte to provide housing assistance to rebels who will surrender to the government

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  • President Duterte said that the administration is willing to provide housing to rebels who will surrender to the  government
  • He said the government may provide housing assistance to rebels, although smaller than those which will be given to uniformed personnel

President Rodrigo Duterte said on Sunday that the administration is willing to provide housing to rebels who will surrender to the  government.

During the groundbreaking ceremony of the Vista Alegre Homes in Negros Occidental, Duterte said that the government may provide housing assistance to rebels, although smaller than those which will be given to uniformed personnel.

“I will pursue vis-a-vis housing and the houses also of those who would like to surrender. Mas maliit lang ‘yung sa rebelde. Eh kasi rebelde eh,” he said in front of a crowd of soldiers.  [It’s just smaller, because they’re rebels.]

Under current programs, government troops may avail of housing assistance from the National Housing Authority (NHA), wherein they are only mandated to pay a monthly fee of P5,000.

The 15-hectare community will be housing some 1,000 families of soldiers and police officers by 2020.

Duterte said in the same event that he is also willing to provide housing assistance to members of the Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (KADAMAY) which illegally occupied government housing units in Pandi, Bulacan.

“I’d like to welcome all of you but do not demand too much lalo na [especially] ‘yang KADAMAY making noises… I join you in your sentiments to have a roof and shelter but do not demand too much… You just wait but sa land reform, I will continue and I will ask money from Congress to expand the land reform area,” he said.

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