- Senator JV Ejercito maintained Kadamay members should be made to pay for the houses they occupied in Bulacan
- The lawmaker said government has spent money in these projects and these investments should be returned
- It would also be unfair for other government workers who work hard to save for a house, says the senator
MANILA, Philippines – Senator JV Ejercito insisted that Kadamay members who forcibly occupied housing units in Pandi, Bulacan should pay, regardless of President Rodrigo Duterte’s order allowing them to stay.
Ejercito said it would be unfair for other government workers who work hard in order to have their own homes while others could just get them free of charge without sweat.
“For me, it should not be free. Firstly, the government spent money to provide houses and with intended beneficiaries, so these investments should be returned to create more houses,” Ejercito told GMA News.
The senator explained that while he agrees with Duterte’s decision to give the houses to poor Kadamay members, the latter should still work for it, as many others did.
“Even low-salaried government workers, everyone is working hard to save for a house so it will be unfair – even for our OFWs – if these people will be given free houses just like that,” Ejercito added.
Ejercito, chairman of the Senate committee on urban planning, housing and resettlement, launched a Senate inquiry last week into Kadamay’s takeover of housing units in Bulacan.
The lawmakers said they will look into the program of the housing agency on building houses that are, most of the time, built in inefficient locations away from workplaces; thus resulting into zero occupancies, wasting government money in the process.