Did you know: Metro Manila informal settlers

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There were nearly 600,000 informal settler families in Metro Manila as of July, according to the recent accomplishment report of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority. Schatzi Quodala, Inquirer Research

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AYITA5V33GYZSLC3G37UCVNTKA Ben

    Lina Law, otherwise known as Republic Act No. 7279 or the Urban Development Housing Act of 1992 (UDHA), provides that certain lands owned by the government may be disposed of or utilized for socialized housing purposes. It was signed into law to address the housing shortage of the country. It was considered a landmark legislation and was filed by Senator Jose “Joey” D. Lina, Jr. who was the youngest member of the Philippines Senate from 1987 to 1992. The Act lays down the groundwork for a comprehensive and continuing urban development and housing program. It addresses the right to housing of the homeless and underprivileged Filipino people. This law seeks to provide social housing to the marginalized sector by addressing their access to land and housing, relocation, demolitions, and promoting private sector participation in housing. The law also mandates local government units to provide shelter to qualified beneficiaries and to undertake measures to curtail the activities of professional squatters and squatting syndicates. In addition, the Act also mandates the formulation of a National Urban Development and Housing Framework to guide policymakers in the determination of areas for urbanization and development of concomitant programs to address the urbanization problems. The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) developed the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the UDHA to ensure the observance of proper and humane relocation and resettlement procedures mandated by the UDHA of 1992.

    I think that law has a flaw and needs to be amended, since Squatting became rampant and difficult for the LGU`s to evict them without compensating them first (especially in the danger zones such as the “lupang arenda” a danger zone when it comes to flash flooding…..this should be made an open park with lots of trees). They don`t own the land, but has the balls to demand for compensations and or better relocation sites or stubbornly refusing to evacuat because of the Lina law.

  • ExpatSteve

    That’s families being mentioned in the article so actual number of people are something like 3 million people or more than 20% of the total Metro Manila population. Scary.

  • Bikyo

    600,000 informal settler families in Metro Manila… Let’s assume 4 people to a family, so we have 2,400,000 informal settlers in Metro Manila.  If a person produces 200 gm. of personal waste a day, then 2,400,000 x 200 = 480,000,000 gm = 480,000 kg = 480 metric tons a day x 365 = 175,200 tons a year.  How do these informal settlers dispose of this 175,200-ton mountain of human waste?  It’s no wonder the DENR secretary Paje admitted that “the Pasig River is the septic tank of Metro Manila.” 

  • jjohyeah

    I think this number is even understated. Being a squatter, who would want to be counted as such?  The sad point is, wait until the next calamity to hit metro manila and they will be the ones once again to be affected. 

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