70 shanties crushed, families relocated

ABOUT 70 shanties of informal settler-families (ISFs)  living at the Estero de San Antonio in Leveriza, Malate, Manila were demolished yesterday while the families affected were brought to the relocation site in Tala, Caloocan City, as part of the implementation of the Manila Bay Rehabilitation Program.

The action was the result of a joint effort  following an inspection made by Manila Mayor  Isko Moreno and Department of  Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu.

Cimatu said the cleanup of the said estero is a priority since its dirt goes straight to the Manila Bay, adding that the level of coliform in the creek’s water  has gone down from 1.3 billion mm to 10 million mm and the flow is now normal.

Moreno said he is happy with the relocation given by the DENR and National Housing Authority (NHA) since they remain within Metro Manila.

Moreno thanked Cimatu for his decisiveness in addressing environmental concerns in Manila.

It was learned that Cimatu was accompanied by undersecretaries Benny Antiporda and Mitch Cuna when he paid a visit to the Baywalk area to check on the cleaning operations there.