Gov't builds road dike in Lupang Arenda, Taytay, Rizal to keep residents safe

February 20, 2012 11:50 pm 

MANILA, Feb. 20 — The Aquino government has already set up a road dike to minimize or prevent further liquefaction in some areas of Lupang Arenda in Taytay, Rizal to keep the residents safe from disaster, a Palace official said on Monday.

Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda issued the statement during the regular press briefing in Malacanang on Monday in response to reports that the entire 270-hectare Lupang Arenda in Taytay, Rizal, is unsafe for human settlement because of liquefaction.

Lupang Arenda was established when former President Fidel V. Ramos issued Proclamation 704 and opened some 200 hectares of public lands in protected wetlands to accommodate the growing number of illegal settlers in Metro Manila. The settlement lies along the shorelines of Laguna de Bay and the natural lake water egress to Manila Bay along the Napindan Channel.

"After Ondoy, former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo issued an Executive Order (EO) ordering the relocation of the families in Lupang Arenda. By that time there were already 50 thousand families occupying Lupang Arenda," Lacierda said.

"The DENR has assessed and continues to assess Lupang Arenda, as some parts of Lupang Arenda were not suffering from liquefaction. What we have done thus far is to set up a road dike to minimize or prevent further liquefaction," he stressed.

Lacierda said that there are on-going studies on Lupang Arenda to determine whether the site is safe or not for human settlement.

"The administration is fully aware of the situation in Lupang Arenda and once we have the final decision made, we will inform the public. And yes, we are very much concerned about avoiding another disaster in any area," he said. (PNA)

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