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President Aquino assures urban poor of safe long-term housing solutions

Posted On 2014 Feb 19
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President Benigno S. Aquino III graces the Presentation of Estero de San Miguel Micro Medium-Rise Building (mMRB) Model Unit at the Claro M. Recto High School Auditorium in Barangay 412, Zone 42, Legarda Street, Sampaloc, Manila City on Wednesday (February 19, 2014). The Estero de San Miguel Project is in line with the program goal of providing safe, affordable, decent and humane relocation in accordance with the Relocation Action Plan (RAP) through the People’s Plan mechanism and process for on-site, near-city relocation of affected ISFs in accordance with People’s Plan that contains shelter solutions and finance scheme development, validated and accepted by the ISFs themselves. The MRB model unit started construction in November 2013 and was completed in January 2014.  (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III graces the Presentation of Estero de San Miguel Micro Medium-Rise Building (mMRB) Model Unit at the Claro M. Recto High School Auditorium in Barangay 412, Zone 42, Legarda Street, Sampaloc, Manila City on Wednesday (February 19, 2014). The Estero de San Miguel Project is in line with the program goal of providing safe, affordable, decent and humane relocation in accordance with the Relocation Action Plan (RAP) through the People’s Plan mechanism and process for on-site, near-city relocation of affected ISFs in accordance with People’s Plan that contains shelter solutions and finance scheme development, validated and accepted by the ISFs themselves. The MRB model unit started construction in November 2013 and was completed in January 2014. (MNS photo)

MANILA, Feb 19 (Mabuhay) — President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday reassured urban poor communities of the government’s continued efforts to ensure safe and clean shelter for them in the long run.

The President made the reassurance after inspecting the micro medium-rise building model units in Manila’s Sampaloc district.

“Ngayon, ang tutok natin: mas ligtas na tahanan para sa mga residente, malinis at malawak na daluyan ng tubig, at pangmatagalang solusyon sa malawakang pagbaha sa Kamaynilaan (Our efforts are focused on providing residents with safe homes, clean waterways and a long-term solution against flooding),” he said.

He added his administration’s solution differs from the past where families were evicted and have nowhere to go.

Also, he noted the present solution includes ensuring the health of residents in the community.

The President earlier inspected the micro medium-rise building model units, which were constructed starting November 2013 and were completed last January.

Micro-MRBs are meant to maximize the use of urban land and are easier to maintain.

President Aquino said the government is eyeing 167 informal settler families at Estero de San Miguel as beneficiaries of the housing program.

The President also said the government had initially set aside P10 billion to move urban poor families away from danger zones.

So far, he said some 3,400 families had been moved to safer communities, with another 11,000 families within three meters of waterways being targeted by August.

“Makakaasa po kayo: Sa bawat detalye ng ating programa, prayoridad natin ang makabubuti sa mas nakararami (You can be assured every detail of our program prioritizes the greatest good of the greatest number),” he said.(MNS)

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