Relocation areas for 8,000 settlers ready

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MANILA -- Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas announced Thursday relocation areas are available for the first 8,000 informal settlers along waterways.

This is part of efforts to clean up esteros and ease the flood problem in Metro Manila.

A total of 60,000 informal settlers are set to be relocated from priority waterways to resettlement areas identified by the National Housing Authority.

Roxas said the Department of Public Works and Highways and the Metro Manila Development Authority are taking steps to open a three-meter clearance on either side of rivers for the possible construction of a medium-rise housing for illegal settlers.

Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO) Secretary Ricky Carandang earlier said relocation sites would have access to livelihood and basic services.

The government has identified 8 major waterways that have to be cleared of residents before the year ends. 

The Palace said a relocation program will be undertaken to move 19,440 families living along the San Juan River, Tullahan River, Manggahan floodway, Maricaban creek, Pasig River, and Esteros Tripa de Gallina, Sunog Apog, and Maypajo.

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