DILG asks LGUs to discourage informal settlers in their turf

February 10, 2011 11:52 am 

MANILA, Feb. 9 — The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Wednesday asked local government units (LGUs) to stop the growing number of informal settlers in the country for safety reasons.

DILG also asked LGU leaders to adopt measures that will curtail squatting and find relocation sites for them.

Interior and Local Government Secretary Jess Robredo said informal settlements along creeks, riverbanks, other water tributaries and shorelines is detrimental to the freshwater or coastal ecosystem. He added that living along railroad tracks, sidewalks, garbage dumps, landfills, public cemeteries, parks, and playgrounds also poses a threat to public safety.

"The rampant proliferation of informal settlers has been a nagging perennial problem that besets particularly urban local governments. In spite of government efforts, informal settlements thrive and by necessary implication, are the unsightly manifestations of decay and inter-generational neglect," said Robredo in his memorandum circular to local government officials. (PNA)

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