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PGMA orders PAGCOR and concerned agencies to coordinate in providing the needs of NHA-Calauan settlers

Manila (6 November) -- Concerned about the plight of the poor, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo instructed yesterday the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) to coordinate with the agencies involved in the provision of the basic needs of the indigent families in the National Housing Authority (NHA)-Calauan relocation sites here.

"Ang pinakaimportante sa lahat dito ay iyong livelihood assistance katulad ng pagbibigay ng tri-sikad at Botika ng Barangay. Pagtulungan ninyo iyon para sa ikaaangat ng buhay nila dito," the President said during her inspection tour of the 107 hectare NHA-Calauan relocation site in barangays Dayap and Sto Tomas of Calauan, Laguna.

The NHA-Calauan housing project is a government relocation sites for the informal settlers and slum dwellers living along creek and riverbanks of flood-prone areas of Caloocan-Malabon-Navotas-Valenzuela (CAMANAVA), Calauan residents and nearby towns and other areas in Metro Manila.

The President said that this relocation housing site was the former housing project of the previous administration that had been abandoned because it was not affordable for the less fortunate families.

"Dahil walang maka-afford so, ang ginawa natin na mas mura para parehong bahay pero mas mura ang singil, para kahit mahihirap makakaya ang murang amortization," she said.

Calamba parish priest Fr. Rene Iriga during his briefing on the status of the housing project told the President that cooperatives and livelihood program were set up by the Calauan officials in coordination with the Caritas Manila. He asked the President to provide them additional tricycles or "tri-sikad," non-motorized kind of vehicle to further enhance the transportation system in the community.

Father Iriga also informed the President that the water system in the housing site had already been installed in coordination with the Laguna Water District. Water is sold to the families at P2 per container.

PAGCOR vice-president Dodie King assured the President, Father Iriga and Calauan local officials that the gaming agency would speed up the processing of the requests for a livelihood assistance.

The President also ordered Calauan Mayor Buenfrido Berris to assign a pharmacist in the housing clinic and strengthen security for the resettlement site.

"At kailangan din ng NHA na maglagay ng isang linya ng telepono para sa mga settlers," she said.

After the housing project inspection, the President passed by PAGCOR's "Serbisyo Muna" caravan participated in by the National Housing Authority (NHA), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA), Department of Education (DepEd) and the local government units (LGUs). (PIA-MMIO) [top]

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