LOOK: Hundreds mob NHA after 'free houses' rumor

Katrina Domingo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 31 2016 06:03 PM | Updated as of Aug 31 2016 06:44 PM

MANILA - Hundreds stormed the gates of the National Housing Authority's (NHA) headquarters in Quezon City early Wednesday, in hopes of availing housing information forms that would apparently be tickets to free houses from the government.

People rushed to the office following reports on social media claiming that the agency was distributing 'free housing' forms to homeless families in line with the Duterte administration's housing program.

Social media posts showed that some people were in line as early as 3 a.m., while others claimed to pull an all-nighter as they waited outside the NHA gate since Tuesday evening.

But the NHA told ABS-CBN News in a phone interview that the housing assistance forms that can be collected from the agency for free do not guarantee the grant of free houses as all forms are subject to assessment.

"We would like to emphasize that the housing program only caters to the lowest 30%, the poorest of the urban population," the NHA said in a statement.

The housing agency emphasized that they are "mandated to provide housing and related assistance to informal settler families living along danger zones and areas affected by government infrastructure projects."

It added that the "on-going housing projects already have identified family-beneficiaries."