Waterway squatters to be relocated on site

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President Aquino has ordered the construction of on-site or near-site resettlement areas for informal settlers living along waterways in Metro Manila.

In a statement on Wednesday, Interior Secretary Mar Roxas said the government would implement the relocation policy of the President, who also approved the release of P10 billion for the effort to provide alternative homes for families removed from so-called “danger zones” in the metropolis.

“President Aquino himself gave instructions that all relocation strategies of the government agencies should, as a top priority, prevent the displacement of families from their source of livelihood and schools,” Roxas said.

“The President sees this near-site or on-site relocation as a solution,” he added.

The interior secretary said the government had identified several slum areas located along the tributaries of Manila Bay as danger zones.

“People living there are most prone to disasters brought about by sudden silt and deposit flows that occur mostly during the rainy season,” Roxas said.

Citing 2011 data from the Metro Manila Development Authority, Roxas said a total of 104,219 families were located in high-risk areas in Metro Manila.

Of these, about 19,440 families were identified to be living along eight waterways “that are deemed very hazardous,” he said.

“The President wants us to focus on these families. He wants ‘zero casualties’ during the rainy season,” Roxas said.

He said the government had already started the construction of a prototype housing project for about 120 families living along the Estero de San Miguel in Manila.

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  • bogli_anakdami

    … hoy prez gung gong akin’o, stop relocating your squats to my hood!!! you can relocate them in hacienda luisita, but not in santa rosa…
    … send them back to where they come from >>> ‘south of ‘tang inang imperial manila ~ bisdakland and beyond…

  • John_Galt_II

    Sana i relocate niyo din ang mga umuupa lang. para hindi na sila mag bayad buwan buwan. Kinakaltasan niyo sila ng taxes tapos sa iba ninyo ibibigay! mga walanghiya kayong mga pulitiko!

  • EdgarEdgar

    In the end, relocating waterway squatters will just be another gimmick to boost this president and Mar Roxas’s ratings. Sometime in late 2010, Noynoy promised the same thing but nothing came to fruition as of today. A prototype may be in the making but it will remain in the making for some time to come. After May 2013, the relocation project will be forgotten. In Mar Roxas’s calculation, some 200,000 families will only amount to around 600,000 votes at most (assuming each family has 3 voters of legal age).

    Another election season, another election propaganda.

    • fernan107

      kung gumagawa ng mabuti para sa taong bayan binabahiran mo ng masama kung wala naman gagawin mabuti para sa bayan sasabihin mo walang kwenta ang gobyerno , ano ba talaga ka indo? magbago ka na nga sa pananaw sa buhay namomolitika ka lang …

  • yesyesyo

    The right thing to do! Go PNoy!!

  • http://www.pulisnapogi.blogspot.com/ Pulis Na Pogi

    reward sa mga tarantado…

  • Karabkatab

    Kung ikaw ay isang masunuring mamayan at ikaw an nagpa bakod ng iyong lote ng walang permit ikaw ay sisitahin at pag mumultahin ng gobyerno. Subalit kung ikaw ay isang squatter na walang alam kundi mag reklamo at hindi nagbabayad ng buwis sa pamahalaan, okay lang na ikaw ay maglagay ng bahay sa tabi ng ilog. Ikaw ay kakabitan ng kuryente, telepono at cable tv. Balang araw ikaw ay umasang bibigyan ka ng relocation kung saan mo gugustuhin. BTW Mr. President, bakit sa Metro Manila lang ang iyong programa? Manila lang ba ang may ilog?

    • EmmanuelGomez

      ksi mtro manila lang ang pina ka maraming squatters sa ilog. ..but i hope the president. wont stop there.

  • Remrick Patagan

    What’s the use of relocating people living along waterways if they’re just going to be “relocated on-site?”

  • $14334231

    tiyak maraming “multong” pangalan d’yan….at lalong maraming “mangangahoy” at sasabihin na doon din sila nakatira…..hoy, mga demonyo kayo, kasama d’yan ang taxes na binabayad ko!!!!….mga hinayupak kayo….

  • boybakal

    This time, I am with Pnoy.
    Good Job, Sir.

  • EmmanuelGomez

    yes. ganito ang tama. but dapat may folow up.. di lang alisin tapos walang mag bantay. babalik na naman sila.

    • Karabkatab

      Tama pa balik balik sila parang dandruff. BTW, kahit di na bantayan ang tabing ilog kapagka regular and dredring walang bahay na matitira dyan sa river banks.

  • boybakal

    Waterway squatters to be relocated on site…does it mean that their homes will be on the path of the river.
    That in case of flood, they will be swept away towards the sea.
    In short, talagang mawawala ang mga squatters.

  • JasonBieber

    At least this is better than what the PNoy admin said last time which was that they were going to ‘blast’ these people living along the Manila waterways.

    Hopefully tho they do it in a humane manner and not just kick the people out when it’s time to build. PNoy has not been to kind to the poor people in Philippines so ust hope for the best for these less fortunate folks.

  • penny4urtots

    Eh on site pala and plan, eh di doon din sa waterways ang basura nila. Wala namang disiplina ang mga yan…….

  • tanga_hanga_ni_abnoy

    yung floodway sa pasig river both west/east bank..baka pwede huwag nyo na isama sa libre yung may mga may sasakyan n iskwater na kung makaparada along floodway e akala mo kanila at sobrang trapik din dyan

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3J3IHTI75VVG6EXQ5G3GEUYMLQ Tsinoy Texas Boy

    U NEED TO BUILT CONDO FOR SQUATTER TO SAVE SPACE

    • WeAry_Bat

      WITH PARKING, SWIMMING POOL, INTERNET AND CABLE, OK.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ledlights.dagupan Dagupan Led Lights

    please relocate them to the province so that and develop the it also so that they can have there own livelyhood

  • tarikan

    This policy is idiotic. It’s not a relocation at all if these informal (pacharing pa eh squatters talaga) settlers are resettled on or near the waterways. The same matitigas ang ulo will spoil the place. These squatters have been babysat by the authorities/govt for far too long. The gov’t is too strict on the law-abiding tax-paying citizens but kisses the puwet of those squatters.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q3QGG5QHBLRMZTIYWUFURY6J2E Night

    sarap naman maging squatter……. libre bahay……

    makapag squat nga sa Makati or Ortigas para dun ako bigyan ng bahay… kayo mga kawawang trabaho ng trabaho dun kayo sa Rizal bumili ng bahay

  • farmerpo

    What is on site relocation? Ililipat sa tinitirikan? Lipat = to move. Relocate – ilipat. Run in place? Sounds like a run around. Mar kaya di ka maka apil sa masa, mahirap maintindihan ang sinasabi mo. O bobo lang ako?

  • WeAry_Bat

    One commentator said, the sides of the waterways be turned into expressways. That is a good idea.

    Expressways are death highways. Drivers not liable if someone is hit crossing the road to throw trash.

  • tanga_hanga_ni_abnoy

    Mas madali pang ilipat na lang yung waterways..at least yun hindi manlaban

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