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Villagers pin hope on SMC promise of houses, education, jobs as new airport rises

/ 08:22 PM September 20, 2019

BULAKAN, Bulacan–Some of the residents who will be displaced by the construction of the P735-billion New Manila International Airport here expressed hope that San Miguel Corp.(SMC) President Ramon S. Ang will keep his promise of providing them a decent relocation site and livelihood.

The project that will be built on a 2,500-hectare property in this town is expected to displace at least 200 families, mostly fishermen.

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The families had been promised free housing, financial and education assistance and livelihood by SMC.

Gerry Valiente, 55, a fisherman and one of those facing dislocation, described Ang’s commitment as “good news,” adding that residents had been pleading to SMC to consider the people’s welfare once construction starts.

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Ang said SMC was looking for a relocation site near a river to let the residents continue fishing, which is their main source of income.

Avelino Valiente, a community leader, said even before Ang made the commitment, they had been told by village leaders about the promise of decent relocation and livelihood. Carmela Reyes-Estrope/TSB

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