Ten thousand families from the municipality of Rosario, Cavite will be free from homelessness on June 12, 2014, when they receive certificates of titles at Casa Hacienda Tejeros Convention.
Dubbed as the “Independence Day of the Poor,” the event will be graced by Senator Nancy Binay as guest of honor.
“Independence Day should be celebrated not by mere raising of flags but by raising the quality of life of our people,” according to Mayor Jose “Nonong” Ricafrente who had earlier awarded 4,500 lots to residents.
The Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) and Presidential Commission on Urban Poor (PCUP) said the mayor’s project is “the biggest land-giving program in the entire country.”
Ricafrente promised to stop the demolition of squatters’ homes in the municipality and will purchase the disputed lands, whether government or privately owned, for distribution to poor Rosario residents.
“No person from Rosario will ever be a squatter in his own homeland,” he vowed.
“It is the sworn duty of the government to serve the needs of its people and only the government has the capacity to respond to such big problems such as lack of land on which to build a house,” Ricafrente said.
The mayor revealed that he has already started negotiating for the purchase of idle lands in Barangays Bagbag, Kanluran and Munzon-I as well as some properties from the Privatization Management Office; the Philippine Economic Zone Authority in Barangay Tejeros Convention; and one from The Manila Electric Company in Barangay Wawa-III.