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27 October 2005

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Vice President Noli “Kabayan” De Castro, concurrent chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), will lead today (October 27) the launching of the Bulacan Northville Communities, resettlement sites for informal settlers living along the railways in some areas of Metro Manila and Bulacan.

Joining the President and Vice President in the launch are National Housing Authority (NHA) General Manager Federico Laxa and heads of key shelter agencies, together with local government executives, private sector partners and and non-government organizations’ representatives.

The launch of the eight Northville Communities will be held at the Northville 6 relocation site, in Barangay Santol, Bulacan.  The eight relocation sites are being developed by the NHA for the 12,000 families to be affected by the railway project.

Vice President De Castro is elated that the relocation process is proceeding smoothly despite reports to the contrary.  As of October 20, a total of 4,625 have already been relocated to the Northville Communities in Bulacan.

Ang paglulunsad mismo ni Pangulong Arroyo ng walong Northville Communities ay isang pagpapatibay tuon sa pagpapahalagang binibigay ng kasalukuyang pamahalaan hindi lamang sa pagkakaroon ng mabilis at maaasahang railway system kundi sa paglalaan na rin ng pabahay sa mga nakatira sa riles. Ang mga ito ay kabilang sa 10-point agenda ng pamahaalan na nakalaan hanggang sa 2010.

The Vice President said that the government is continuously receiving invaluable support from the private sector as evidenced by the commitment by the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (FFCCCI) led by its President, Francis Chua, to donate a two-classroom school for the children of former informal settlers in Northville 6.

Private sector developer groups like the Chamber of Realtors and Brokers Association (CREBA), the Organization of Socialized Housing Developers Association (OSHDA) and the Subdivision and Housing Developers Association (SHDA) were also instrumental in the success of the government’s relocation program for the informal settlers.

The launching would be highlighted by a raffle of eight tricycles and livelihood and household showcases from various donors and supporters. 


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