Migration of Yolanda survivors may increase informal settlers in Metro

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THE number of informal settler families (ISFs) in Metro Manila is feared to increase because of the continued migration of people from areas badly hit by super typhoon ‘Yolanda.’

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Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) General Manager Corazon Jimenez on Monday said that she received information that at least five buses full of passengers coming from Tacloban city are scheduled to arrive in Manila.

“They are going to Manila via roll-on and roll-off (RORO) mode of transportation,” she said.

Rico Villaluna, officer-in-charge for operations of Philtranco, a bus company with routes and destinations to Eastern Visayas also said they have numerous trips coming from the typhoon-hit areas that are always full of survivors.

“Our buses are always full of desperate passengers when they return to Manila,” he added.

He expressed belief that many of the passengers, all are Yolanda survivors, have no relatives to temporarily adopt them while in the metropolis.

“The usual thing is that if you are already hopeless, all you have to do is to ride a bus to go somewhere else like Manila even if you have no relatives to take care of you just to escape the desperate condition,” he added.

Besides, many families, who were able to aboard the military’s C-130 in going to Metro Manila, are still staying at the grandstand of the Villamor Airbase in Pasay City since they have no relatives to go into.

“Villamor Airbase is now becoming a tent city. That’s our main concern that we have to address,” Jimenez said.

The MMDA, Jimenez added, is closely coordinating with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to look for a secluded area for the arriving survivors with no relatives in the metropolis.

However, she expressed belief that those who went to Metro Manila will only be staying temporarily as they just waiting for the recovery of the areas devastated by the super typhoon.

“Most of them will also go back and they are just waiting everything to normalize in areas hit by the super typhoon,” she added.

Reports indicated that more than 6,000 families coming from Tacloban city are now staying at Villamor Airbase since Tuesday.

Relief goods trucks exempted from truck ban, UVVRP

Meanwhile, all vehicles delivering relief goods and materials to identified relief repacking centers for affected victims of ‘Yolanda’ are exempted from truck ban and Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP) or number coding until the end of the month.

In a memorandum signed by MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino, the exemption covers trucks and other heavy vehicles ferrying relief goods to three identified relief repacking centers that include Ninoy Aquino Stadium, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) relief station located at NAIA Road, Pasay City and Air 21 Warehouse in Old MIA Road, Barangay Vitalez, Paranaque City.

Tolentino said the exemption from the two traffic programs implemented in the metropolis will be until November 30.

The modified truck ban policy is implemented between 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. every day except Sundays and holidays.

While the UVVRP bans vehicles from major thoroughfares once a week depending on the last digit of their registration plates.

RITCHIE A. HORARIO

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