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New homes for informal settlers in Bulacan
By: PPAO
Friday, 04 October 2013
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KEY TO A SAFE HOME. Premiere Builders and Development staff, the developer of the Bulacan Heights Resettlement hands over to Mrs. Rosita Rodriguez of Brgy. Cambaog, Bustos the key to their new house, away from high risk danger zones in the province. View Larger Image.
CITY OF MALOLOS – Dwellers along geo-hazard areas in Bulacan get new homes in Bustos town as Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado led the ceremonial turn-over to some 72 families who became the first batch of informal settlers that will now live in a newly built community in the farming village of Barangay Catacte, Bustos on Thursday morning.

Alvarado thanked President Benigno Aquino, housing Czar Vice President Jejomar Binay and the National Housing Authority for swiftly providing decent homes for some 3,000 families living along high-risk danger zones along the Angat river and other waterways.

“These families are living in geo- hazard areas along the banks of rivers, creeks and irrigation canals and waterways which are prone to severe flooding, landslide and mudslide.The government has provided them with a safe and decent homes with basic amenities like schools, livelihood programs and a multi-purpose hall,” the governor said.

He added that the relocation site in Brgy. Catacte, known as “Bulacan Angat Heights” will accommodate at least 1,100 families while another 1,900 will be relocated in “Bulacan Angat Heights II” at Barangay Cacarong Matanda in Pandi.

Alvarado also said that while some informal settlers from Metro Manila and other areas are also being relocated in other housing projects, he stressed that the welfare of Bulakenyo shall be considered first and that no relocation will be made in Bulacan without proper coordination with local and provincial officials.

“Sinisikap nating mabigyan ng maayos na tirahan ang mga kalalawigan natin na nakatira sa disaster-prone areas. Ito po ay pasimula lamang. Makakaasa po kayo na ito ay mamomonitor lalo na ang peace and order situation,” the governor added.

The provincial chief executive reminded developers that Bulacan has its land use programs and should observe proper planning and zoning.

“There should always be educational, livelihood and environmental components before they plan to develop housing projects in any parts of the province,” he added.

NHA General Manager Chito Cruz lauded Gov. Alvarado and the provincial government for providing and supporting their relocation projects.

“Dahil po sa walang sawang pag-follow-up ni Gov. Alvarado, mabilis na naisakatuparan ang proyektong ito. Talagang nais niyamg tiyakin na mabigyan ng disenteng pabahay ang mga Bulakenyo,” said Cruz.

Aside from the ceremonial turn-over, Alvarado also distributed bags of groceries to the informal settlers who were relocated from the towns of Pulilan, Bustos and Norzagaray. Among the towns that will also benefit from the Angat Riverbank Settlements are Baliwag, Plaridel, San Rafael, Hagonoy, Calumpit, Angat and Paombong. ###

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