The Quezon City government has assured qualified families from demolished shanties along Agham Road that they can have a decent home at a government relocation site in San Jose del Monte, Bulacan.
Secretary to the mayor Tadeo Palma said that the local government, National Housing Authority (NHA) and Ayala Land Inc. are attending to the needs of the affected families.
Palma said NHA is now processing the qualified among Agham Road settlers who will be entitled for relocation and financial assistance.
The property that the informal settlers had occupied is tagged for development as part of the Quezon City Central Business District, a private-public partnership with Ayala Land Inc.
Meanwhile, Palma congratulated the 700 policemen from Quezon City Police District (QCPD) and the 400 personnel of Task Force Copriss (Control and Prevention of All Structures and Squatting) for a job well done.
“I would like to congratulate QCPD, especially Police Senior Supt. Procorpio “Popoy” Lipana, the ground commander of the demolition team and Copriss for the turn-out of demolition at Agham Road,” Palma said during a regular executive meeting at Qquezon City Bulwagang Amoranto.
Clearing of debris from the demolished shanties will be carried out by Quezon City Hall teams to prevent traffic and other obstruction on Agham Road.
Village heads deputized to evict squatters
Quezon City barangay executives were given the go-ahead to summarily evict all persons constructing any structure in public or private lands within Quezon City without the consent of the registered landowner, or the necessary building permit issued by the city government.
Under Ordinance 2247, all Quezon City punong barangays are also mandated to oversee the dismantling of the illegal structures, in partnership with the city’s Task Force Copriss, created primarily for the monitoring and curtailing squatting or illegal occupation of lands in Quezon City.
The measure, signed into law by Mayor Herbert Bautista on January 9, was principally authored by Councilor Ranulfo Ludovica of District 2.
The ordinance provides that summary eviction and demolition shall be executed without need of a court order provided that the construction must be on-going; that all persons taking part in the summary eviction must wear proper identification; that eviction or demolition may be executed only during regular officer hours from Mondays to Fridays and, during good weather. No heavy equipment shall also be used for the demolition, except for structures that are permanent.