Government speeds up relocation of informal settlers in danger zones
March 14, 2021
The national government is now at the forefront of the campaign to relocate informal settlers living in danger zones, including the railways and waterways.
Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said he had discussed with Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) Secretary General Cecilia Alba the progress of the relocation program for informal settlers.
“Our priority now is to focus first on people living in danger areas. This could mean living near waterways. Another danger area includes railways.
The North and South Rail already removed the informal settlers from the railways,” he said.
Lacierda also said the government will also address the plight of those affected by the government’s projects.
“The HUDCC is considering all factors determining relocations of informal settlers. The relocation depends on the cause of plans, proximity, facility, and capability of the beneficiaries to pay,” he said.
Lacierda said the government stepped up its slum upgrading program, targeting informal settlers occupying private and government lands. He said the Social Housing Finance Corporation can lend money to beneficiaries for land acquisition.
Recently, several informal settlers lost homes after a fire hit a squatter area in Guadalupe, Makati City. Lacierda said the area is under the jurisdiction of the Makati government and Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Jun-Jun” Binay can extend help to those affected families.