De Castro leads groundbreaking rites for major military housing project

March 25, 2010 10:09 pm 

SAN MIGUEL, Bulacan, March 25 — Vice President Noli de Castro, standing in for President Gloria Macapagal- Arroyo, led today the groundbreaking ceremony for a major military housing project here that will benefit more than 7,000 soldiers and their families.

The housing project was made possible when President Arroyo signed Executive Order 840, declaring a 1,551-hectare Bulacan property alienable for government employee housing. At least 300 hectares have been allotted to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for its off-base housing needs.

New AFP Chief Gen. Delfin Bangit, who attended the ceremony along with other top military officials, expressed thanks to the government, especially President Arroyo, for prioritizing the housing project.

The President, however, failed to attend the ceremony due to the confinement of the First Gentleman, Jose Miguel Arroyo, early this morning at the Saint Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig City.

The property will be distributed to 2,767 officers at 300 square meters each and 4,885 enlisted personnel at 150 square meters each.

The AFP housing board will determine the selection of qualified beneficiaries among the applicants from the major services.

The distribution of the housing units by major services is as follows: Philippine Army, 55 percent of the total share with its 1,665 officers and 2,940 enlisted personnel; Philippine Air Force, 22 percent with 1,466 officers and 823 personnel; and Philippine Navy, 23 percent with its 636 officers and 1,123 personnel. (PNA)

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