(Metro News) QC gov’t tells informal settlers: grab relocation offer now

September 10, 2010 9:14 am 

MANILA, Sept. 9 — The Quezon City government on Friday asked the city’s informal settlers, especially the victims of typhoon "Ondoy," to grab the opportunity to be relocated to the sites being offered to them.

Quezon City hosts the biggest number of informal settlers in Metro Manila, majority of them occupying highly-congested blighted areas beyond substandard living conditions.

Aware of their plight, QC Mayor Herbert M. Bautista has initiated relocation talks on a weekly basis between the QC government and agencies.

These include National Housing Authority (NHA), Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB), Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) as well as with Meralco, Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System, (MWSS), Maynilad Water Services Inc. (MWSI) and Government-owned and controlled corporations.

Secretary to the Mayor Tadeo Palma, who was designated by Mayor Herbert Bautista to head the QC Task Force on Housing, said that a total of 2068 slots are now available for QC informal settlers at the NHA relocation sites in Southville 8B, San Isidro and Kasiglahan Village 1B, San Jose both in Rodriguez, Rizal.

However, Palma said that the transfer of the QC’s poor to these decent houses was being hampered by their lack of initiative and interest to avail themselves of the opportunity to uplift their living condition.

“Most of the families identified as Ondoy victims are not amenable to relocation moves by the government. They are not cooperative in terms of documentation, thus delaying the processing of their housing slots in NHA relocation sites,” said Palma during the 2nd Coordinating Workshop on Housing and Resettlement at UP-Ayala Techno Hub.

Palma said that some of the families being considered for the 2,068 slots at NHA relocation sites, aside from the Ondoy victims, are those living in the hazardous and high risk places like Barangay Damayang Lagi which has about 789 families based on 2004 census; Barangay Sto. Domingo, 60 families; Bahay Toro in Proj. 6, 50 families; Bagumbayan, 200 families; and Tullahan Creek, 120 families. (PNA) V3/JCA

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