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Kabayan Forum



June 15, 2005

North Rail settlers may now buy construction materials from suppliers of their own choice to build their new homes at the designated relocation sites, as government continues its clearing operations along the rail right of way (ROW).

This is the response of Vice President Noli “Kabayan” De Castro, Chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), to the increasing number of complaints of overpricing being hurled by the resettlement beneficiaries against the accredited suppliers.

The Vice President immediately ordered a change in the policy after hearing the complaints of the beneficiary families during his surprise visit yesterday to the resettlement sites in Meycauayan and Balagtas, Bulacan.

Each beneficiary family is given a housing materials loan of P40,000.00 as part of the resettlement package. The loan is payable in thirty years with zero interest.

To address the complaints, De Castro ordered that the beneficiaries will no longer be required to buy their housing materials from accredited suppliers. The materials loan will instead be given directly to them, so they can buy from other suppliers.

“I’ve heard numerous complaints regarding this, so it would be better to change the procedure to ensure transparent and speedy relocation of the families,” he said.

The loans will be released in four tranches of P10,000 each to ensure that they will be used for housing materials. The beneficiaries will have to present receipts for the housing materials to receive the next tranche.

“The government wants to grant shelter security to the informal settlers of North Rail, while we modernize railway system in Luzon. We will act immediately on complaints like this one in order to facilitate the process,” De Castro said.                                                                                HOME | back-to-top     

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