Gov’t officials offer relocation site for Metro Manila typhoon victims in Davao Oriental

November 1, 2009 10:24 pm 

MATI, Davao Oriental, Nov. 2 – Local government officials in this eastcoast province are willing to offer a vast tract of land for the Metro Manila residents who were affected by typhoons “Ondoy’ and “Pepeng’ if they wish to relocate here.

However, Mati municipal administrator Richard Villacorte said the local government to where the residents come from will shoulder all the expenses of their relocation and the construction of their housing units.

Mati Mayor Michelle Rabat said there is a necessity for the relocation of some Metro Manila residents to other areas so as to equally distribute the wealth of the nation.

She said people flock to flood-prone areas of Metro Manila because there are no available jobs and little support in the rural areas.

"People will migrate to rural areas once developed. So developing rural areas is the only way we could decongest Metro Manila," Rabat said.

Rabat said Mati is a first-class municipality with agriculture as its primary form of livelihood.

The town boasts of white sand beaches and islands and is fast becoming a tourist destination in the Davao Region.

Meanwhile, Villacorte said another problem they are looking once the exodus of Metro Manila residents to Mati is jobs.

It will be recalled that Mati's internal revenue allotment was remarkably decreased from P300 million to a little over P100 million due to the nullification of their cityhood status. (PNA) FFC/FOZ/lvp

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