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1,500-hectare government property set aside for evicted waterway settlers

MANILA, Philippines – President Arroyo has set aside a 1,551.1416-hectare government property in San Miguel, Bulacan for a housing complex for government employees and a relocation site for squatters in danger zones.

In issuing Executive Order 890, Mrs. Arroyo ordered the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas and the Department of Finance to transfer to the National Housing Authority title to the property located in Barangays Tartaro, Calumpang, Sibul, Kinamatayang Kabayo, Sta. Lucia, and Malibay in San Miguel town.

“In order to alleviate the sufferings of informal settler-families whose homes in danger areas were devastated by typhoon “Ondoy”, portions of the subject property are allocated as relocation site for them and other similarly situated victims of future catastrophes,” read EO 890.

“It is the priority concern of the government to provide housing to homeless Filipinos.”

In 2002, Mrs. Arroyo issued Executive Order 131 identifying the property as a suitable housing site.

Under EO 840, the property was subdivided among the Armed Forces, Philippine National Police, public school teachers and other government employees, with each getting 300 hectares.

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The remaining 351.1416 hectares were reserved for squatters displaced by the recent typhoons.

The NHA was designated as administrator of the housing site and tasked to work with the Department of Budget and Management to put up a funding scheme. – Paolo Romero

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