The ‘Bahay ng Kawal Ko’ is made of prefabricated parts that are easily assembled.
MANILA, Philippines - For Army soldiers, â€œLegoâ€ will no longer be just childrenâ€™s toy blocks.
The Army is considering a low-cost housing program that will make available to soldiers Lego-type houses that do not require skilled labor to assemble.
Army spokesman Capt. Anthony Bacus said the houses are Lego-type because the materials used are prefabricated parts built in small blocks or segments.
Dubbed as â€œBahay ng Kawal koâ€ (house of my soldier), the project seeks to promote the welfare of troops by building unconventional housing units using affordable materials.
â€œAll that is left to do is put or assemble it layer by layer, just like a Lego game,â€ Bacus said in a statement.
â€œIts construction could be done by non-skilled laborers and with only a few teams of supervisors. Hence, expenses are minimized compared to that of the traditional building construction being done,â€ he added.
Bacus said each unit costs only P495,000, below the P500,000 to P700,000 range of low-cost housing units in the country.
â€œWith these Lego-type houses, soldiers and their families can enjoy a decent and secured living at a much lower price,â€ he said.
A prototype of the housing unit was blessed at the Army headquarters in Fort Bonifacio, in Makati City yesterday morning.
The unit was a single detached two-story building and has two bedrooms and two bathrooms with a floor area of 52 square meters.
Special materials, mostly made of a combination of styrofoam, fiberglass, steel bars and cement, are designed to withstand the conventional setting of a tropical country like the Philippines.
However, an important material used to build the houses remains under wraps.
â€œThere is a secret material being used in the construction of this special kind of housing units that only the manufacturers in Malaysia know,â€ said Lt. Col. Maynard Camarao, chief operations branch of the Army Chief of Engineers Office.
A team of Army engineers was sent to Malaysia to study the project.
Bacus said Malaysia has adopted the Lego-type units for a housing program for its urban poor. Each unit can be built in just 30 days.
â€œIf adopted by the Philippine Army, this will not only boost its effort in providing low-cost housing units to its personnel, but a giant leap for the Army organization as a whole,â€ Bacus said.