Squatter families priority of DSWD’s ‘Balik Probinsya’ program

October 18, 2009 10:17 pm 

MANILA, Oct. 19 — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) announced that informal dwellers living in Metro Manila’s creeks and riverbanks are the agency’s priority beneficiaries of its ongoing “Balik Probinsya”.

DSWD Secretary Esperanza I. Cabral said latest Metropolitan Manila Development Agency estimates placed the number of informal dwellers in the metropolis to 70,000 to 150,000 families.

She added the DSWD’s “Balik Probinsya” project aims to remove these families from their precarious residences and decongest Metro Manila’s waterways and thus ease the region’s flooding woes.

Informal dwellers who will avail of the program will be given free bus or ship tickets to get back on their respective provinces.

The DSWD earlier said it is “Balik Probinsya” program is meant for Metro Manila residents displaced by typhoon “Ondoy”.

Over 200,000 families were displaced when “Ondoy” struck the Philippines last September 26.(PNA) LDV/PFN

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