Saturday, 3 October 2009

PGMA fast tracks NCR’s clearing operations

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo fast tracked clearing operations, especially in Metro Manila, as well as the identification of possible relocation sites for displaced victims to restore normalcy in areas devastated by typhoon “Ondoy.”

At the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) meeting this morning, the President stressed the need to relocate riverbank settlers to safer grounds to avoid further loss of lives and properties in future disasters.

“Riverbanks settlers should not go back, (to their former homes)” she stressed as she asked Vice President Noli de Castro to look for possible relocation sites.

De Castro said 100,000 units could be built on a former Manila Bank property in San Miguel, Bulacan and some 281 hectares could be set aside for agri-livelihood projects for relocated typhoon victims.

De Castro, who is concurrent chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), said the site is 65 kilometers from Manila and could be developed as a permanent relocation site.

Other recommended sites are the Southville in Binan, Laguna where 750 units are already available; Towerville in San Jose del Monte in Bulacan with 650 units; service lots in San Jose del Monte;1,800 lots and 20,312 hectares in the Lungsod Silangan property.

The government also plans to offer a “Balik Probinsiya” program for victims of typhoon “Ondoy” who wish to go back to their home provinces.

The program offers each family the equivalent of 60 days of minimum wage or P22,920 per family to start life anew in the provinces. (PND)

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