President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. on Wednesday said providing housing for soldiers and policemen is a form of investment for the welfare of uniformed personnel.
"In my view, it’s – whatever it is that we – whatever efforts we put into this is an investment. It’s not a financial investment," Marcos told reporters at the sidelines of the 126th founding anniversary of the Philippine Army.
"It’s just an investment in the well-being of our uniformed personnel so that ‘yung kanilang serbisyo hindi nila kailangan alalahanin kung saan sila uuwi at saan uuwi ang pamilya nila (so that in their service, they will no longer worry where they or their family will reside)," he added.
On Tuesday, Marcos had a meeting with Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Rodolfo Azurin Jr., Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff General Andres Centino, Human Settlements Secretary Jose Acuzar, and Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla at the Malacañang Palace to discuss the housing for uniformed personnel.
The Chief Executive said the details on financing the project are already being worked out. He plans to build 500 housing units for cops and another 500 for soldiers.
"But we have to make sure because in – alam naman natin ang dami sa pulis natin ay homeless (we know that a lot of cops are homeless). Kung saan-saan na lang nakikitira and the truth be told, ‘yung iba squatter talaga at wala na silang matirahan (some of them are squatters and they don't have place to live)," Marcos said.
"But we found a property in Cavite that we find is suitable to begin a housing program, not only for the military but also for the PNP," he said.
Marcos earlier led site inspections and launched different housing projects in Metro Manila and other provinces.
His administration aims to address the housing backlog in the country.—AOL, GMA Integrated News