AT least 83 informal settler families (ISFs) in Pasay City were displaced by the government’s priority project, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Expressway Phase 2.
Pasay City Mayor Antonino Calixto on Friday said that from the total, 21 ISFs have already been relocated to their new homes in Trece Marites City in Cavite.
He said the 21 families voluntarily left their homes and agreed to be relocated to a government housing project in Barangay Aguado, Trece Martires since their homes will be affected by the NAIA project.
The relocation, he added kicked off the implementation of the city’s housing program where ISFs affected by government projects or living in danger zones will be relocated to off-city or in-city relocation sites.
“We can report to the President that the City Government of Pasay is doing its part in facilitating the right of way of this flagship program of his administration while at the same time providing decent and affordable housing to our constituents,” said Calixto.
The mayor said that they have provided a “win-win solution” for both the government and informal settlers.
Pasay City Urban Development and Housing Office chief Paul Vega said the second batch of about 23 families are set to be relocated on August 29 to give way to project that traverses the cities of Pasay and Paranaque.
The project is under the Public-Private Partnership program of the National Government.
Vega said that the constant dialogues and consultations done by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Pasay City Government with the 83 affected families in Barangay 191 in Pasay resulted to the peaceful relocation.
“The City invested in social preparation so the relocation went smoothly,” said Vega.
Upon the request of Calixto, each affected families were given P5,000 financial assistance by the DPWH.
Ritchie A. Horario