Maj. Gen. Vicente Porto, commander of the 3rd Infantry Division of the Philippine Army, will lead the turnover today of low-cost housing units to 70 soldiers who have availed of government’s “Kalinga sa Kawal Housing Project”.
The awarding of the certificates of ownership to their new homes will be held at the 302nd Infantry Brigade Headquarters in Camp Leon Kilat in Tanjay City, Negros Oriental.
Porto will be representing Lt. Gen. Arturo Ortiz, commanding general of the Philippine Army, who was scheduled earlier to grace the occasion but could not attend due to another pressing appointment, said Lt. Col. Manuel Ochotorena, 302nd Brigade Commander.
The Department of National Defense entered into a memorandum of agreement with Gawad Kalinga, in partnership with the AFP Savings and Loan Association Inc., on July 16, 2005, for the constitution of the housing units.
The housing site at Camp Leon Kilat is one of 16 sites across the country under the Kawal sa Kalinga Housing Project to provide soldiers with a better quality of life, comfort and security, Ochotorena said.
Each beneficiary will be granted a 150 square meter lot with a house costing P70,000 to be paid under a 50-50 scheme between the soldier-beneficiary and the AFPSLAI, he said.
He, however, clarified that a beneficiary only gets to own the house and not the lot that will be retained by the government.
In the event of a transfer of assignment, or for other reasons, the beneficiary can sell his rights to the house to another fellow soldier or a retired serviceman, Ochotorena said.
Gov. Roel Degamo and Tanjay City Mayor Lawrence Teves have been invited to the activity.*JFP
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