Informal settlers affected by big-ticket projects to be relocated

MANILA-- The Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP) on Thursday assured that informal settlers to be affected by big-ticket projects under the Duterte administration's Build! Build! Build! infrastructure program would be relocated before their houses are torn down.

In a press briefing in MalacaAang, PCUP chair Terry Ridon reaffirmed President Rodrigo Duterte's no relocation, no demolition policy.

Under the leadership of the President, he has made it clear that there will be no demolitions without relocation, Ridon said.

He also stressed that PCUP will have the final say before any demolitions could be undertaken by agencies involved in the infrastructure projects.

I think we have to remember that PCUP is the final clearance for all the demolitions particularly for infra projects, Ridon said.

On Tuesday, President Rodrigo Duterte's economic managers said a total of PHP8.4 trillion would be spent for priority infrastructure projects during the six-year Duterte administration.

These cover infrastructure projects for transportation, water resources, sewerage and sanitation, flood management, solid waste management, maritime, social infrastructure, energy, information communications technology among others.

Among these are the 25-kilometer Metro Manila subway system, PNR South Rail, PNR North Rail and the Luzon Spine Expressway that would cut travel time between La Union and Bicol to under 12 hours.

While massive infrastructure such as these would surely pass through urban poor settlements, Ridon assured that part of the budget is allocated for relocating urban poor families.

So even if we speak about big-ticket infrastructure projects, I think part of the spending will most definitely be made towards relocation of many of the affected informal settler families, Ridon said.

Source: Philippines News Agency