Ms. Ronadale Zapata
relocation almost completed
15 November 2005
BULACAN RELOCATION ALMOST COMPLETED.
Vice President and concurrent HUDCC Chairman Noli ‘Kabayan’ De Castro and NHA
General Manager Federico Laxa inspect the ongoing
operations atop a bulldozer at Northville 3
relocation project in Meycauyan, Bulacan. De
Castro is confident that completion of the relocation program in
Bulacan would be over by the end of
this month. (OVP photo by Egay Montaña) 11/15/04
De Castro announced recently that a total
of 8,013 families from the six Bulacan towns affected by the Northrail
project have already been relocated in their respective relocation
The figure represents 68.83 percent of total number of affected
families, leaving only 31.17 percent or 3,629 families who remains to
be resettled, De Castro said.
With efforts to move out the families and the clearing operations in
the railways going into full blast under the supervision of NHA, De Castro expressed confidence
that completion of the relocation program in Bulacan would be over by
the end of this month.
I give the credit primarily to the families who trusted the government
in its efforts provide them with a better future and the various local
governments for supporting the relocation program,” De Castro said.
But all these, he added, would not have been possible without the
relentless effort of NHA and the
other key shelter agencies which helped HUDCC carry out the gigantic task
of relocating thousand of families.
The Vice-President hoped for a kind weather in the following weeks as
this may adversely affect operations both in the railways and
relocation sites. Rains have been the major cause of delays in moving
the families and clearing the railways, according to NHA general manager Federico Laxa.
Laxa however said the delays were properly and successfully managed by NHA, which has been working ‘double
time’ in the past several months. “Our developers and other support
groups are almost working 24 hours just to meet the deadline,” he added.
The government is fast-tracking the relocation of families in Bulacan
to give way for the start of railway improvement in the metro manila
segment of the Northrail project. Construction is expected to commence
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