Bulacan resettlement for 3,000 families
Bustos, Bulacan — A total of 3,000 dwellers along geo-hazard areas in Bulacan are getting brand new homes in Barangay Catacte, here, with Bulacan Governor Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado leading last Thursday the turnover of the first batch of housing units to 72 families.
Alvarado thanked President Aquino and Vice President and Housing Czar Jejomar Binay for swiftly providing decent homes for some 3,000 families living along high-risk danger zones along the Angat river.
Assisted by Vice Gov. Daniel Fernando, the governor said that the relocation site in the farming village of Catacte, known as “Bulacan Angat Heights,” will accommodate at least 1,100 families.
The governor said the housing community was built with “basic amenities like schools, livelihood programs and a multi-purpose hall.”
“These families are living in geo- hazard areas along the banks of rivers, creeks and irrigation canals and waterways which are prone to severe flooding, landslide and mudslide,” he said.
He said another 1,900 will be relocated in “Bulacan Angat Heights II” in Barangay Cacarong Matanda in Pandi.
Alvarado also said that while some informal settlers from Metro Manila and other areas are also being relocated in other housing projects, he stressed that the welfare of Bulakenyo shall be considered first and that no relocation will be made in Bulacan without proper coordination with local and provincial officials.
“Sinisikap nating mabigyan ng maayos na tirahan ang mga kalalawigan natin na nakatira sa disaster-prone areas. Ito po ay pasimula lamang. Makakaasa po kayo na ito ay mamomonitor lalo na ang peace and order situation,” the governor added.
He reminded developers that Bulacan has its land use programs and should observe proper planning and zoning.
“There should always be educational, livelihood and environmental components before they plan to develop housing projects in any parts of the province,” he added.
He also pointed out that CCTV systems should also be installed in these relocation sites to ensure the maintenance of peace and order.
He said that these new communities will spur more growth and development in the province , making Bulacan as one of the “most business friendly province” in the country.
NHA General Manager Chito Cruz lauded Gov. Alvarado and the provincial government for providing and supporting their relocation projects.
Aside from the ceremonial turn-over, Alvarado also distributed bags of groceries to the informal settlers who were relocated from the towns of Pulilan, Bustos and Norzagaray. Among the towns that will also benefit from the Angat Riverbank Settlements are Baliwag, Plaridel, San Rafael, Hagonoy, Calumpit, Angat and Paombong.