Roxas: Estero slums must go in 2013



About 16,000 families living along Metro Manila waterways are up for relocation under a plan being devised by three government agencies and set for implementation in 2013.

Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson and Metro Manila Development Authority Chairman Francis Tolentino met on Wednesday to form a technical working group that would carry out the plan as part of a long-term solution to perennial flooding in the metropolis.

Speaking to reporters, Roxas declined to give a specific timetable, but said that “by the next rainy season, we should have already addressed this. There will be bigger improvements every rainy season.”

Roxas said some 16,000 families are now living along waterways and esteros in the metropolis, most of them along San Juan, Pasig, Tullahan, Manggahan, Tripa de Gallina and Maricaban rivers, he added.

Singson said the informal settlers along these six waterways will be prioritized in the relocation as part of a P5-billion flood control master plan.

Tolentino said local government units will have their own timetable for clearing the waterways. Navotas, for example, had already sought MMDA’s help in the relocation, he said.

According to the MMDA chairman, 80 to 85 percent of the estero dwellers had agreed to be relocated.

“These families know they are already in the program. We are already conducting social preparations,” Roxas added. “We expect them to understand that the relocation is also meant to care for them. They are at Ground Zero if these waterways swell.”

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  • boybakal

    Roxas: Estero slums must go in 2013….

    This is good news. If this can be implemented, then you’re doing your job.
    Roxas, Tolentino, Singson Congratulations in advance.
    Good Job….

  • Luthmar

    Good idea.  Remove these squatters near any body of water.  They make them garbage dumps.
    Then when they get flooded with their filthy garbage, they are the first ones to complain.

  • ealbay

    your idas are good provided that strict implementation will be adhered. Rieverbanks are are cleaned and can serve as roadway……….squatting on this will be eliminated when used as part of a roadway….

  • RONNIE858


  • geminimind

    And next is to re-locate people living in sidewalks,building corners,under the bridge,along the railroads etc.

  • Mikaela Roberts

    Baket lumaki ang mga informal settlers sa metro manila?

    1. Kawalan ng hanapbuhay sa mga lalawigan.

    2. Responsibilidad ng mga local officials ang pagsaayos ng kanilang mga nasasakupan pero nagbubulag-bulagan para lang maprotektahan ang kanilang mga boto. Mga Pi Yu Ti Ey kayo trabaho nyo di nyo ginagampanan ng tama. Puros personal na interest ang iniisip. At tuwing nalalagay sa sakuna yong mga buhay nila di na kayo mahagilap, pagkatapos nyo pakinabangan.

    • RONNIE858

      bakit responsibilidad ng local officials? diba responsibilidad nung tao mismo, bakit makikipagsiksikan sila sa isang lugar na walang malulugaran? they have to find their ways.

    • zom

      asa ka na lang sa government? e kung magreklamo yung mga nagbabayad ng tax sayo dahil batugan ka haha

  • Socorro

    Ha, ha so that will be after the elections , you will have no more use for them so out they will go, then, you will let those poor people go back for the next election. This is a vicious cycle of election here in our country.

  • R J

    Nice to read many positive comment than negative. Hopefully these government agencies will monitor in advanced the volume of present informal settlers now. Dahil paniguradong meron mag-take advantage sa project na to na dagdagan ang informal settlers sa lugar nila for exchange of profit and same ang gagawin nang mga professional squatter, doon sa amin after they got the properties given by the government, They sell it and back to Manila again. I hope the goverment
    will eradicate these kind of business. 

  • JJ oh Yeah

    Simple Math: 16,000 X 30sqm each (bahala na sila kumasya) = 480,000 / 10,000 = 48 Hectares – Thats all the Govt needs to allocate in order to get them out of the Esteros…

    BUT – Cost of House: 15,000 x 30sqm each X 16,000 = Php7.2Billion – Excluding Land purchase pa ito.

    Kayang Kaya yan…if this Pnoy Gov’t has the Political Will…!

    • R J

      Very good information to all readers! 30sqm is good enough sa Makati the NEW condos now starting at 24 sqm space na binabayaran pa nila. Eh bakit hindi sa 30 sqm na libre!

  • Ding

    Sana makumpleto ‘yan bago mag-election, para hindi sila magamit ng mga dirty politicians, sa isang uri ng pagsasamantala para sa kanilang selfish motives sa eleksiyon.

  • boybakal

    If this is true….then Roxas for President.

  • WeAry_Bat

    Should try to implement this soon…And get a huge bloc of voters away from becoming Binay supporters.

  • jerome

    The hard part of this program is how to keep this informal settlers from coming back. After they are handed their own place the would just sell it and go back to the slums again. There are some who complain that there is no electricity, water and the road going to that areas is hard.

  • jr18496

    This is just like the Land reform. The goverment would take 3 hectares from the land owner and give it to the farmers. after a few years, they will sell it back either to the same land owner to others and they would become tenants again. I think , large corporate farming is the answer to the pHilippines land problem. But the goverment has to make sure that the workers in these corporate farms are given the right wages and benefits and job security.

  • kilabot

    you better do it, marina. or else, you will be the one to go.

  • virgo57

    In real sense, informal settlers and slum dwellers are creation of ambitious politicians. They are like zombies and robot and well spread particularly all over Merto Manila. These groups can contribute big numbers of votes and readily available for hire in picket and hooliganism. They are social climbers who view life as one shot deal with tag price and shrewd politicians know their games. It is good then that that they will be relocated and disenfranchised in elections as they are menace. With the computerization expect of some groups to oppose including the CBCP, human rights group since their colony will be weed out equivalent to million votes. Abangan!!

  • Jimmy

    Congrats Sec. Mar Roxas..!!! Tama yang mga ginagawa mo..!!!

  • Leo Calo

    Parang gusto ko ng ma-impress sa Gobyerno ni PNOY… well konti na lang..

  • Juan

    Can you sterile them during the process so they won’t multiply like ants? 
    Drove to NIA road today, what an ugly sight.

  • del pillar

    Even before these illegal settlers could build their homes in or near the ESTEROS they have come from somewhere, mostly I believe from their towns or provinces! Now that the problem has grown into such an uncontrollable proportions becomes obvious to remove them, WHY in the first place had/have the administrations, past, present n future will try to solve this problem…….IS IT BECAUSE OF POLITICAL REASON/S???????? Of course we have a saying in tagalog that runs like thus: “HULI MAN DAW AT MAGALING AY NAIHAHABOL PA RIN”!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Guest

    “About 16,000 families living along Metro Manila waterways are up for
    relocation under a plan being devised by three government agencies and
    set for implementation in 2013.”

    Bet, the implementation will be after the May 2013 elections.

  • Guest

    jerome said:

    “The hard part of this program is how to keep this informal settlers from
    coming back. After they are handed their own place the would just sell
    it and go back to the slums again. There are some who complain that
    there is no electricity, water and the road going to that areas is hard.”

    If economic policy would not be Manila-centrist but instead also the provinces would be decently developed infrastructurally, then more people will stay in their respective provinces, less people would be inclined to go to Manila. Consider the Push-Pull-factor in the attractiveness of the urban areas.

  • ohnioknieves

    Great project in 2013! I would like to see this plan to be a success, my prayers included.

  • ADD

    Isama nyo na ung mga legal na bahay at building na kumain ng malaking porsyento ng mga creeks sa Metro Manila. Tapyasin nyo or gibain nyo ng wala ng tumulad. 

  • Janch

    May presidential elections pa after 2013.  That’s when the Roxas vs. Binay match happens so let’s hope and expect this project is seriously implemented for the long haul. 

    If we are lucky hindi rin papatalo si Binay.  He will also join the administrations “relocate the squatters” bandwagon and, as the housing czar, aid in providing homes for the relocated informal settlers.  

    Magtrabaho sila ng mabuti. Kanya-kanyang papogi sa mga botante.

  • Guest

    If Roxas does not make good this promise, then it is better for him to give up his post and political career  and relocate somewhere else.

  • romero

    sige ang ilog ng navotas…pati tabing dagat…mistulang  malaking kanal..lang ang silbe ng navotas
    ..mula balot tondo..hangang tanza..navotas….isama na ang tabing dagat ng..navotas
    …na naging…matae beach at basura beach resort…hay naku…ginoo…! kalikasan…binaboy at ginawang …malaking basurahan…wala bang dapat sishin ..kung hinde ang mga mayor…kapitan del barrio…gina gamit sa butohan..ang mga squatters… mag sipag bago kayo…tapos na ang mayan calendar..ano naman kalindario ang hihintaying matapos…para mag bago…ang filipino.

  • Lorde

    Go go go Roxas! Make a very clear mark on your governance. That is your only chance to go against a heavily anchored Binay. Whoever wins between you and Jojo is good for the country. Election is good when candidates battle for principles that they stand for and evidence of their work in Philippine society. Spins will never work these days!

  • Concerned Citizen

    This news is good for the country, for the President and for Sec Roxas.  Sec Roxas will be getting the people’s nod if he plays more roles in bringing positive change in Philippine society which is inevitable now.

  • Kenji

    Relocation?  Why won’t we just build high-rise apartments within the areas involved, just like the tenements of the old?  Next thing is do away with FREE rides to the gov’t backs but of course, say 3 yrs. of free rent, then P500 rent the next 3 and so on.  This way, we are imparting a message that although we try to alleviate your conditions, you are also a part of the equation to understand and start building your own foundations for the betterment of yourselves and your countrymen.  We should inculcate into their minds that gone are the days of PURO LIBRE!!  And the government can only do so much with its limited resources and its funny why blame the gov’t if you don’t have land.

    Modest homeowners PAY TAXES while illegal squatters DON”T yet they don’t get a respite from the gov’t.  Is that fair?  The squatters can swear to heavens but the common homeowners can only grumble.  I thought there was an Anti-Squatting Law, what happened to it??  I don’t believe a “squatter” simply moves in…he pays for “rights” for whoever owned the dwelling first and still has to pay a minimum (rent) as the case may be together with their electric and water consumption.  And there are still Professional Squatters to contend with and syndicates that control their turfs.  So it is easy to see why its part of our social cancer.!

    I just hope these are not mere pronouncements by these agencies (we had so many of those!).  Wait and see!

  • The Truth

    And… one simple measure;

    Penalize local gov’t and utilities in providing water and electricity to illegal settlers 

    In the long term;

    Repeal or Amend the Lina law. After the controversial Sin tax and RH bill, this one should be up next.

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