Oreta’s on-site in-city relocation

I can’t help admiring the determination of Malabon Mayor Tito Oreta in pursuing his primary goal that is to provide on-site or in-city housing for thousands of informal settlers particularly those that live in danger zones like riverbanks and waterways. He’s definitely one of only few local government executives who think that way for the underprivileged.

Many can say that what he does is what like other local officials do. Well, no question about it nonetheless, what’s worth-noting here is that the mayor makes sure that no informal settlers will be relocated outside the city in spite of, take note, its very limited land space which is being sandwiched by the cities of Caloocan and Navotas that’s, by the way, has the potential to become large as Quezon City as it has reclaimable area as its disposal.

To make sure his administration’s housing program gets rolling to the max, Oreta creates the City Housing and Resettlement Unit [CHRU] and names Edgar Casimero as his frontrunner in carrying out the projects with dispatch and to start it off, a medium-rise, five-storey building in Barangay Baritan is about to be occupied by around 250 qualified families while another five hectares in nearby Barangay Panghulo is now being developed to house over 1, 500 families, mostly living along Tullahan River.

That’s on top of the five-hectare property in the same village which has already been occupied by over 1, 200 families who were displaced by the on-going North Railway project.

As if not yet enough, Oreta eyes another 10 hectares of lot, which are located beside the resettlement site also in Panghulo, to accommodate about 2, 500 urban poor families who live in several depressed communities in the city and another medium-rise five-storey building in a property owned by the government in nearby Barangay Concepcion which is expected to house over 600 families.

“Even during the first day I assumed the city’s top post I had that in mind: Prioritize housing for our informal settlers but it must be within the city instead of relocating them far from their works and their children’s schools,” says Oreta who’s now on his third and last term.

Aside from clearing the pavements and waterways of all forms of obstructions that cause massive flooding, Oreta said it’s been his administration’s commitment to provide decent housing to the city’s informal settlers and “make this horrendous problem a thing of the past.”

What Police Visibility?

Bemusing as it’s mind-blowing a statement of newly installed Metro Manila police head Chief Supt. Alan Purisima when he said last Tuesday during the turn-over of command at the Northern Police District, which is now under the leadership of Chief Supt. Antonio Decano, that he didn’t believe about police visibility. Again, he said he’s not a believer of police visibility.

Certainly, everybody even the police chiefs who were around got bewildered when these words came out direct from the horse’s mouth who’s supposed to be the forerunner in strengthening the police presence in every nook of the metropolis but would instead say that he’s a non-believer of police visibility.

A little more tricky or simply Purisima wants to stump anyone just to get their attention as he went on explaining as to why he didn’t believe on police visibility when he contradicts his own words by saying that policemen must be always seen in the street and should be “experienced” by the people. I might get err with my comprehension but that’s what I heard, that’s the same thing they also heard from him. Well, maybe he has clearer explanation but what’s sure is that again he said he didn’t believe on police visibility.  Arlie Calalo

Not quite amusing.


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