The resettlement program for informal sector families (ISFs) living in identified priority waterways in Metro Manila received P374.4-million fund from the government.
In a statement issued over the weekend, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said that the release of the said fund was part of the government’s broader flood control and management plan for Metro Manila.
“The Department of Social Welfare and Development, through the Interim Shelter Fund for Informal Settler Families program, will distribute P18,000 to each of the 19,440 ISFs in Metro Manila danger zones who will voluntary vacate their current residences along targeted waterways,” it stated.
It added that the fund release covers the necessary allocations for the subsidies, as well as the fund requirements for the mobilization cost of the project.
The DBM said that the rental subsidy would be offered to families living along eight identified waterways across Metro Manila.
These include the San Juan River with P75.9 million, Manggahan Floodway with P53.9 million, Estero de Tripa de Gallina with P69.9 million, Pasig River with P25.8 million, Tullahan River with P66.2 million, Maricaban Creek with P24.4 million, Estero de Sunog Apog with P3 million, and Estero de Maypajo with P25.4 million.
Moreover, the agency announced that the relocation effort kicks off the implementation of the government’s flood control master plan under the Department of Public Works and Highways, which was designed to address the severe flooding problem in Metro Manila and nearby provinces through long-term measures, such as watershed rehabilitation, river desiltation, and the construction of bigger drainage systems and dams.
”Foremost in President Aquino’s disaster and flood management strategy is securing the safety of communities living in high-risk areas. By providing decent shelters in habitable environments to families living in esteros and other waterways, we not only account for the safety of these communities—we also strike at one of the major causes of flooding in the metro,” DBM Secretary Florencio Abad said.