CSF LGU prepares relocation of informal settlers

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CITY OF SAN FERNANDO— The Local Inter-Agency Committee (LIAC) here created sub-committees in preparation for the relocation of informal settlers and affected families along the North-South Commuter Railway Extension (NSCR-EX) project of the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

On Friday, during its third committee meeting, the LIAC presented the sub-committees on Relocation, Resettlement and Dismantling; Social Preparations; Beneficiary Selection, Awards and Arbitration; Livelihood Committee; and Environment.

“Binuo itong mga sub-committee na ito upang mapabilis, sistematiko at makatao ang relocation na gagawin natin kasi ang utos naman talaga ng ating butihing alkalde na si Mayor Edwin Santiago na bago man lang sya bumaba ay maidala sa maayos, mabuti at magandang lugar ang ating informal settlers,” said Louie P. Clemente, Local Housing Settlement Division Chief.

The officer cited that about 1,200 families from the 14 barangays of the city are affected by the railway project. They will be relocated to the proposed relocation sites in Barangay Panipuan, San Felipe, and Calulut.

Joining Clemente in the committee meeting were City Administrator Attorney Atlee Viray, representatives from the involved agencies including DOTr, National Housing Association, Philippine National Railway, Department of Human Settlement and Urban Development, Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor, some barangay officials, and the homeowners’ associations officers.

NSCR-EX, known as the Philippine National Railways’ Clark Phase 2, will build the country’s first airport railway express service to cut travel time from key cities to Clark International Airport to just 55 minutes.