PH government sets aside ₱374.4 million for the resettlement of informal settlers currently living along 8 major Metro Manila waterways
Budget Secretary Florencio Abad Jr. announced that they have just released ₱374.4 million "for the resettlement of the squatters who are living along eight major waterways in Metro Manila."
TJ Burgonio of the Philippine Daily Inquirer reports that on Sunday, June 30, Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Florencio Abad Jr. announced that they have just released ₱374.4 million "for the resettlement of the squatters who are living along eight major waterways in Metro Manila."
According to the report, the budget's release means "social welfare officers may start distributing ₱18,000 to each of the 19,440 families of estero dwellers in Metro Manila for their permanent resettlement or rent." The amount will either be given in full to families who will transfer to off-site relocation areas or in tranches to those who choose to rent rooms elsewhere.
The report likewise explained that the subsidies and mobilization cost of the project are broken down into the following: ₱75.9 million for 4,217 families along the San Juan River; ₱53.9 million for 2,997 families along the Manggahan Floodway; ₱25.8 million for 1,434 families along the Pasig River; ₱66.2 million for 3,683 families along the Tullahan River; ₱69.9 milion for 3,887 families along the Estero Trippa de Galina; ₱29.4 million for 1,637 families along Maricaban Creek; ₱25.4 million for 1,415 families along the Estero de Maypajo; and ₱3.06 million for 170 families along the Estero de Sunog Apog.
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