EDSA 25: PNoy assures 20,000 housing units for PNP, AFP personnel

February 26, 2011 6:07 am 

MANILA, Feb. 25 — On the 25th Anniversary of EDSA People Power Revolution, President Benigno Simeon "Noynoy" C. Aquino III on Friday assured that 20,000 housing units will be made available to the men and women of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

President Aquino made the assurance during the re-enactment rites of the historic "salubungan" at the People Power Monument at the corner of EDSA and White Plains Ave., in Quezon City.

The President said that there's now a program that the 20,000 housing units will consist of not less than 36 square-meter lot and 21 square-meter house for the men and women in uniform.

Mr. Aquino reminisced that 25 years ago, some of the soldiers who sided with the Filipinos at EDSA were then lacking some basic needs.

Likewise, the Chief Executive dared all sectors of society to continue the "spirit of EDSA" in the sense that the fight for corruption and poverty is not yet over.

Earlier, the President presented a posthumous special award of citation to Noelmar Magallanes, who died in saving 30 victims of the onslaught of super typhoon "Ondoy" on Sept. 26, 2009.

The posthumous citation was given to the family of Magallanes as a Filipino hero and for having exemplified the "spirit of EDSA."

Twenty-five white doves were also released by the Ateneo and La Salle Youth Club, symbolizing peace all over the land.

The "salubungan" rites culminated with the "historic jump" of former President Fidel V. Ramos and Makati City Rep. Agapito "Butz" Aquino.

Ramos earlier handed a Philippine flag to youth representative Joshua Soriano, symbolizing the passing of flag from generation to generation that ensured the continuation of the "spirit of EDSA".

Among those present during the occasion were Executive Secretary Paquito "Jojo" Ochoa, Jr., Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Secretary Teresita "Ding" Deles, Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson and 25th EDSA celebration top official, actor Dingdong Dantes. (PNA)

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