(Metro News) Taytay councilor bucks Lupang Arrenda infra projects

November 13, 2009 4:31 pm 

MANILA, Nov, 13 -–A municipal councilor of Taytay, Rizal strongly opposes moves by the local government to build infrastructure projects in the Lupang Arrenda in Barangay Sta. Ana.

Taytay, Rizal councilor Joselito Calderon said that it would no longer wise for the local government to spend on any infrastructure project in Sitio Lupang Arrenda.

“It’s a waste of local funds at the densely populated of this locality,” Calderon said.

Members of the Taytay municipal council were trying to ratify measures that would formulate programs designed at sealing the 80-hectare lakeshore parcel of land from the lake water of Laguna de Bay.

Calderon claimed that infrastructure projects in Arrenda would not be able to serve its purpose as the area is flood-prone and low-lying by nature.

Lupang Arrenda, a community of some 30,000 families, remains under water as the water level of Laguna de Bay remained high.

The Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) said that floodwater in the area would remain in lakeshore barangays surrounding Laguna de Bay, Asia’s second largest freshwater lake, unless bold steps were taken.

The flooded Lupang Arrenda forms part of the area that was classified as Resettlement Zone under a Presidential Decree issued by former Pres. Fidel V. Ramos.

Taytay Mayor Joric Gacula appeared surprised at the way Calderon posted his objection. (PNA)

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