• LGUs blamed for illegal settlers

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    Vice President and housing czar Jejomar Binay blamed the proliferation of illegal settlers to the gross inaction of local government officials.

    “Local government official ako nang matagal. Alam namin na may responsibilidad kami diyan. Inaction is an offense,” Binay, who served as mayor of Makati City for 24 years, said.

    Binay, also the concurrent chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council, warned that local chief executives who allow the number of illegal settlers to balloon could be slapped administrative sanctions.

    “I suppose at least may warning ‘yon. Kasi inaction ‘yon, ‘yong tolerance,” the vice president added.

    He, however, admitted that the country’s policy on putting an end to illegal settling had been inconsistent.

    “Noong 1986 hanggang sa ‘90s, ilang beses binago. Oops, extension ng one year. Oops, walang tatanggalin. Oops, ‘yon nga, may eleksyon. May mga nangangako na hindi kayo [paaalisin]. Gagawan ng paraan, etcetera, etcetera. Yun naman ang mga nakaantala dun (From 1986 up to the ‘90s, it changed several times. Squatters were given extension and assurances that they will not be removed, and then there was and election. These were the reasons why their removal was postponed)” he said.

    Binay stressed that the government should be firm in its policy on how to address the issue.

    He also appealed to barangay (village) officials not to use the elections in October to tolerate illegal settling.

    According to Binay, as of 2011, Metro Manila had 104,219 informal settler families living in dangerous areas, primarily waterways.

    President Benigno Aquino 3rd earlier approved a P50 billion budget for the housing program for informal settlers.

    The program, which is intended to be completed by 2016, provides in-city, near-city and off-city resettlement areas for squatters.

    To date, the National Housing Authority has 10 multi-level low-rise housing projects in various stages of development and construction that will generate some 6, 426 housing units for Metro Manila’s informal settlers, Binay said.

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    3 Comments

    1. i was a makati resident from the 70’s-90’s. squatters in makati proliferated when binay became mayor.
      he & his family kept on winning the elections because of squatters.
      what a shame.

    2. ok we already know who is to blame so whats next? just blaming game and no accountability and prosecution? what a joke.

    3. ernesto albay on

      Squatting on any property will not be tolerated Who allow them to squat on these areas in the first place, officials in the government

      I will say once again that NATIONAL IDENTICATION is necessary wherein you can track down where these illegal settlers coming from. There is no reason for them to be compensated for any relocation hence they are all illegal settlers.

      They will be given a time frame to vacate they area or they will suffer the consequences. There illegal occupation cost more damage, than benefits to the interest of the country.

      Election for the next three years everyone are trying to position themselves that they are protector of the oppressed. Let us not use these illegal settlers for our own CAUSE……..