• Proposed QC-Rodriguez monorail to benefit relocated families

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    A monorail connecting Quezon City and Rodriguez town in Rizal can benefit relocated squatters commute to their place of work.

    As proposed by Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista, the monorail will run along Payatas Road from Commonwealth Avenue to Rodriguez.

    He said it will benefit of 22,130 squatter families relocated by the city government to a resettlement site in Montalban. 
    The transport line will also benefit about 300,000 residents of communities in Barangays Commonwealth, Payatas and Bagong Silangan.  

    The proposed monorail, similar to the one operating in the University of the Philippines campus in Diliman, is expected to provide relocatees easy link to their jobs and livelihood in the metropolis, Bautista said.  “What is important is that we do not dislocate these families from their original source of income,” he said.

    The mayor has prepared a letter to Secretary Mario Montejo of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) requesting a study of the proposal.

     Bautista said the city government may even subsidize the transport fares of the commuters.

     “If it doesn’t happen during my term, definitely, somebody will push for it in the future,” he said.

    Relocated families in San Jose del Monte in Bulacan can also take advantage of the routes of the MRT-7, Bautista said.    

    According to Urban Poor Affairs Office chief Ramon Asprer, Quezon City has relocated the biggest number of informal settler families in Rodriguez. 

    The city government’s mass relocation program started in October 2009. Among the first to be relocated are some 400 indigent families who lost their homes at the height of Typhoon “Ondoy” and those whose houses were destroyed during a violent demolition at 6th and 7th Streets in Barangay Mariana.

    The bulk of relocated families in Rodriguez – more than 4,000 – used to live in the North Triangle area.  

    Quezon City also transferred to Rodriguez families living along dangerous creeks, waterways and roads-right-of-way as well as indigent families affected by demolitions at NIA Road in Barangay Pinyahan, BIR Road at East Triangle and the Botanical area, also at East Triangle.

    In October last year, the city government has donated P30 million to the municipality of Rodriguez to fund the various socio-economic and infrastructure programs for the resettled families.

    JING VILLAMENTE

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