ANSWERS ARCHBISHOP'S CLAIMS ON 'RILES' RESETTLEMENT
17 May 2006
In a letter to His
Eminence Archbishop Gaudencio Rosales,
Vice President Kabayan Noli De Castro today raised issue on the
claims on the perceived problems being faced by the Philippine National
tracks’ relocatees in various resettlement sites.
De Castro pointed out that while he recognized the
difficulties of these affected families, the government housing sector
never stopped looking for solutions.
Since the relocation project started, the Vice President has
been holding continuous dialogues with the stakeholders including
organizations, private sector groups, non-government organizations,
organizations and the beneficiaries themselves, to minimize the
After a thorough review of several options, De Castro is
convinced that an in-city resettlement and beneficiary-led development
best approach to take in relocating the settlers along the North and
“I have directed the agencies under me to ensure that this
approach is presented and explained properly to the beneficiaries. They
ones who will be affected by our actions.”
The Vice President pointed out that differences in positions
notwithstanding, the government shelter sector has worked smoothly with
organizations assisting the relocatees. These include the Homeless
Federation (assisted by Fr. Atilajano Fajardo, CM of the Vincentian
Missionary), the Diocese of Malolos (through Fr. Dennis Espejo and Fr.
Reyes), the Gawad Kalinga (led by Executive Director Antonio Meloto)
and the UN
“It is unfortunate that some quarters have presented to the
Archbishop issues that are either recycled, inaccurate or not in their
context, said De Castro.
“The welfare of the relocatees has always been a paramount
concern to the government. We
are extending all forms of assistance to ease their plight,”
De Castro added.