MORE than 2,000 informal settler families (ISF) to be displaced by the ongoing cleanup of Manila Bay had been assured of lots by the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) following intervention by Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
The assurance came during the hearing of the Oversight Committee on Housing called by Speaker Arroyo to address the delay in the release of land titles to recipients of urban poor housing covered by the proclamations she issued when she was president.
During the hearing it was revealed that more than 2,000 families living on a property owned by PPA in Isla Putting Bato will be displaced because of the ongoing rehabilitation of Manila Bay.
This prompted Speaker Arroyo to inquire what arrangements are being made in the transfer of the affected residents. She also asked the PPA to ensure that they would not be deprived of their source of livelihood. PPA General Manager Jay Daniel Santiago said the agency would be giving them five hectares of its property in a nearby area in Tondo. He also vowed to allot P1 million for the social preparation of the residents prior to the transfer.