MERGE President Rodrigo Duterte (7th from left, second row) with (l-r) Sipalay City Mayor Oscar Montilla, Himamaylan City Mayor Ernesto Bascon, PNP chief Oscar Albayalde, Talisay City Mayor Neil Lizares, Moises Padilla Mayor Magdaleno Peña, HUDCC chair Eduardo del Rosario, Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia, NHA general manager Marcelino Escalada Jr., Rep. Alfredo Benitez, AFP chief of staff Carlito Galvez, Toboso Mayor Richard Jaojoco, Silay City Mayor Mark Golez and Valladolid Mayor Enrique Miravalles and (1st row, l-r) Kabankalan City Mayor Isidro Zayco, San Enrique Mayor Jilson Tubillara, Pontevedra Mayor Jose Benito Alonso, Manapla Mayor Lourdes Escalante, Calatrava Mayor Araceli Somoso, Bacolod City Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran and Vice Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson in Dos Hermanas, Talisay City, yesterday* (Andy Alvarez photo)


Duterte breaks ground
for P1B housing project
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

President Rodrigo Duterte led the groundbreaking of a P1 billion housing project for the Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police personnel in Negros Occidental at Barangay Dos Hermanas, Talisay City, yesterday afternoon.

The president said the 15-hectare Vista Alegre Homes in Dos Hermanas will be home to 1,000 families of soldiers and police officers by 2020 when the 1,000 duplex-type housing units will be completed.

Vista Alegre Homes is the fifth housing project of the National Housing Authority under the new AFP/PNP Housing Project program, he said. moremoremore


Firing more people today
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

President Rodrigo Duterte yesterday hit America, said he is firing more people in government today, and that he will subject Boracay Island to land reform.

Duterte, in a speech of close to an hour at the groundbreaking of a P1 billion housing program for the AFP and PNP at Barangay Dos Hermanas, said he is firing some more people today, including a head of an agency, but did not name them.

Duterte said one those he will fire has been issuing so many gambling franchises. moremoremore

 

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NHA probing housing woes
of Yolanda victims in NegOcc

BY MARK L. GARCIA

A National Housing Authority executive said yesterday that they are investigating the problems of the housing projects for the Yolanda stricken communities in Negros Occidental and have ordered their personnel to look into them.

Its general manager, Marcelino Escalada, said yesterday that he is yet to look into theseissues of people in the Western Visayas who were hit by typhoons Yolanda, Sendong, and Pablo. He also assured that NHA personnel are now equipped to deal with the problems aired by the beneficiaries.

This was after reports came up about initial rejection by some local government units of these housing projects due to lack of basic services like water, that hampers the transfer of thousands of families, more than four years after Yolanda hit the province.