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Para walang angkinin ang Kadamay: Albee Benitez wants NHA to transfer rights of unwanted properties to qualified beneficiaries

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Negros Occidental Rep. Alfredo “Albee” Benitez wants the National Housing Authority (NHA) to develop a mechanism allowing qualified beneficiaries to own the housing units originally awarded to other persons if these have already been abandoned.

In House Resolution No. 1906, Benitez said there are many cases where the original beneficiaries of government housing units either sell the properties or have them rented even at the risk of voiding their rights to them.

This is because under Republic Act 7279 or the Urban Development and Housing Act, the unlawful sale, transfer or disposition of the lot awarded to a qualified beneficiary results in the nullification of his or her rights.

While the NHA should investigate the scheme of beneficiaries selling or renting their properties, Benitez said the NHA should also allow other qualified beneficiaries to own the housing units illegally disposed of by their owners.

“The NHA should prioritize the actual occupants of the housing units disposed of by the original beneficiaries as the new beneficiaries of the units who will enter into a new contract with the NHA,” he said.

The issue of abandoned government housing units has come to the fore once again after members of the Kalipunang Damayang Mahirap (Kadamay) tried to occupy vacant properties awarded to soldiers and policemen in Rizal last week.

President Rodrigo Duterte, however, said he will no longer tolerate Kadamay’s actions and warned them that a violent dispersal will ensue if they don’t leave the government housing project in Rizal voluntarily.