Persuasive actions to convince informal settlers to relocate peacefully

IT would now be all up to thousands of informal settlers to avail of the relocation program being offered by the Quezon City government which has linked up with the National Housing Authority (NHA) for the establishment of permanent resettlement sites in neighboring provinces of Bulacan and Rizal.

Nevertheless, it would need a maximized effort and shall I say political will to convince most if not all of the over 1. 7-million residents who have been classified as members of the urban poor sector to be transferred to their new homes at their will so as to avoid a repeat on previous demolition attempts that turned violent apparently due to the failure of consultations and dialogs between the affected people and concerned government officials and agencies.

Laudable as it is, but it would have been better if the city government under the leadership of Mayor Herbert “Bistek” Bautista could have set up in-city relocation programs like what Caloocan City Mayor Enrico “Recom” Echiverri and Valenzuela City Mayor Sherwin “Win” Gatchalian  have initiated to accommodate informal settlers  in their respective turfs.

Echiverri and Gatchalian simply don’t want these informal settlers to be displaced for reason that they’d be moved from their places which have been their homes for years and where they have their families. They likewise don’t want them to be away from their place of works and their children alienated from their schools, hence the essence of in-city relocation program.

I’ve yet to get to the housing programs of the Quezon City government nonetheless I’m pretty sure it’s also preferred such scheme though maybe problems on space could be the reason as available spaces are designed for city development and infra projects.

The Bautista administration is hell-bent to have these informal settlers resettled to their permanent homes in San Jose del Monte, Bulacan and Binangonan town in Rizal especially those living in danger zones like road right-of-ways, riverbanks and even sidewalks which have been described as high-risk areas as they’re often used as children’s sidewalks.

As I’ve said, political will and persuasive actions will do to convince them to relocate peacefully since anyway the city government is doubly determined to rid all public places of all forms of obstructions before the opening of classes next June. Just be truthful to them and I believe the youthful mayor would not renege on his promises to provide them their needs at their new homes outside the city when they decide to transfer.

Top Taxpayers in Navotas Hailed

I find it timely and proper as it would be both beneficial to the Navotas City government and the business sector when the former came out with the bright idea of recognizing top taxpayers as most of them are paying their respective business and real property taxes as they beat the deadline.

Mayor John Rey Tiangco says the top taxpayers deserve such recognition and award because they’ve become virtual models for others that in turn have resulted in healthy business climate and continued progress in the city.

After an extensive evaluation and proper accounting process, the city has chosen the top 10 business taxpayers. They include Linton Incorporated, Reynaldo Yap Go of Columbia International Food Products, Purechem Corporation, Vifel 1 Ice Plant & Cold Storage Inc., Western Garments Inc., Frabelle Fishing Corporation, Vifel 2 Ice Plant & Cold Storage Inc., Via Marine Corporation, Frabelle Shipyard Corporation and Sonic International Inc.

Not be outdone are Top 10 real property taxpayers. They were La Paz Ngo, Vifel/Staples Food Corp., Columbia/Reinier and Russel/Yap Go Properties, RBL Corporation, Melcom Dev. Corp., Asian Slipways/Ravago/Sy Properties, Frabelle Fishing Corp., KTL Dev. Corp., TP Marcelo/Luz Ice Plant and Unity Fishing Dev. Corp.

Tiangco says: “We truly appreciate not just the awardees but all the companies that are actively supporting the city because more than financial investment, they are the bloodline for massive employment of our residents on top of being part of nation building.”

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