• Relocation of settlers in risky areas ordered

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    THE Parañaque city government has ordered  relocation of some 800 informal settlers living in high-risk areas in the city.

    Mayor Edwin Olivarez recently signed a memorandum of agreement with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the National Housing Authority (NHA) for implementation of “Oplan Likas (Lumikas para Iwas Kalamidad at Sakit)” program.

    Under the agreement, the DILG will release a P90-million financial assistance for the local government’s construction of micro-medium-rise buildings.

    Among affected informal settlers are those living along a stretch of Parañaque River in Barangay Tambo, Sqnto Niño and La Huerta.

    They will be relocated to the city’s 200-unit socialized housing project in Bagong Parañaque Homes II in C-5 Extension, Barangay La Huerta.

    Olivarez said he gave optimum weight and consideration to participation of the settlers in identifying, conceptualizing, planning, designing, developing and managing the shelter project.

    The mayor noted that there are more than 300 informal settlers who have been relocated from waterways in Parañaque since 2013.

    In April 2015, the local government turned over 144 housing units to beneficiaries in PAR Homes 1 also in C-5 Extension.

    Construction of the housing units was realized through the help of Rotary International District 3830, Rotary Homes Foundation Inc. and Couples for Christ-ANCOP Tekton Foundation Inc.

    Olivarez plans to construct another 500 units in the lots acquired by the government from private individuals located within the city.

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