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No demolition pact signed between DILG, estero families May 30, 2013

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No demolition pact signed between DILG, estero families May 30, 2013

photo shows rallying groups of estero families in a dialogue with DILG Usec Fernandez Manila, Philippines There’s nothing that a good dialogue cannot do.

Rallying urban poor groups opposing the government’s planned relocation of families living along the waterways of Metro Manila found this out to their heart’s content Wednesday May 29 when the Department of Interior and Local Government agreed to some sort of a ceasefire: the government will not demolish.

A memorandum of agreement was signed between the two parties calling for the joint implementation of on-site or near-site relocation for those residing in danger areas in the National Capital Region. It also stated that there will be no forcible demolition of the riverside dwellers until after both parties have met anew.

Undersecretary Francisco Fernandez signed the MOA in behalf of the DILG while AnakPawis Party-list Rep. Fernando Hicap led the signatories for the urban poor group which included representatives of Buklod, Kadamay, KPMM, Courage, Gabriela and Kilusang Mayo Uno.
The urban poor groups under the Alyansa Kontra Demolisyon were rallying infront of the DILG office along EDSA when Fernandez, on instructions of DILG Secretary Mar Roxas, invited the leaders for a dialogue and explain the government’s plan to clear the waterways before the rainy season sets in.

“Nais ko pong tiyakin sa lahat na hindi kayo lilipat sa lugar na malayo sainyong hanapbuhay,” Fernandez explained to the group. “Sa ilalim ng programang “Daang Matuwid” ni Pangulong Aquino, hindi kayo aalisin sa inyong kasalukuyang tirahan na walang disente, maayos at ligtas na paglilipatan.”

Some 20,000 families in six major esteros in Metro Manila have been identified for relocation in phase one of a three-year relocation plan by the government under a policy which gives residents options on where they would like to be relocated.
Fernandez pointed out to the group that the government is their partner in finding relocation sites acceptable to all.

After being assured that there will be no forcible demolitions, the group agreed to sign the MOA which Fernandez believes will go a long way towards a peaceful resolution of the issue.

“This covenant will go a long way in promoting harmony between the government and the river dwellers. Tao ang dapat laging panalo,” he said.

It is estimated that over 60,000 families live along riverbanks in Metro Manila alone.

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