More houses, lots eyed for informal settlers

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Saturday, May 17, 2014

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Mayor Edwin Santiago disclosed Saturday that the City Government is set to award more houses and lots for displaced Fernandinos following its compliance to the ongoing Supreme Court Mandamus clearing all waterways of informal settlers to support the Manila Bay Protection and Clean-up Campaign.

Last Monday, 400 informal settler-families received their respective houses and lots located at the San Fernando Heights Resettlement center in Barangay Malpitic in this city. The 300 free house and lot units were awarded to informal settlers from Barangays Saguin, San Jose, Pandaras, Del Rosario, San Agustin and San Pedro, who have lived along the San Fernando River, San Agustin Creek, Saguin Creek and Balimbing Creek in the City of San Fernando.

"We hope to give another batch, about 100 free houses and lots this year to Fernandinos who are and will be displaced by our compliance to the Supreme Court Mandamus. Our officials from our Local Housing Unit led by Louie Clemente are now coordinating with the National Housing Authority," Santiago said.


He told Sun.Star Pampanga that 500 housing units are required per year according to the mandamus, to resettle displaced families affected by clearing operations.

"These families, who live in danger zones and riverbanks, must be taken care of. In the city, we have about 1,800 already identified by our local housing office. But reassured, they will be looked after and their housing units provided with electricity and potable water, together with livelihood programs. In San Fernando, it’s always Fernandino first," stressed Santiago.

"To lessen the everyday struggle of our fellow Fernandinos living beside creeks, the city government, in partnership with the NHA, will continuously award housing units for those who are in the danger zone or even those affected by road-widening projects. They definitely will be informal settlers no more with the free houses and lots," he added.

The San Fernando Heights Resettlement Project was spearheaded in 2013 by former mayor and now Third District Representative Oscar Rodriguez, which is being carried on by Santiago. (JTD)

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on May 18, 2014.

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