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800 informal settler families relocated in an 11-hectare site

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Saturday, December 17th, 2016

The 11-hectare Disiplina Village, the biggest in-city relocation site in the Philippines, located in Valenzuela City. (Photo captured by UNTV drone.)


VALENZUELA CITY,  Philippines — Informal settler families living by the riverside are grateful because they no longer have to live in constant danger.

Over 800 informal settler families have been relocated to the biggest in-city relocation site in the country — the 11-hectare Disiplina Village located in Valenzuela City.

Inside the village are schools, clinics and mini grocery stores. And because it is located in the city, access to jobs is easier.

Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian explained, “kung dati ang relocation sa labas ng Metro Manila. Pero nahihrapan sila dahil malayo sa pamilya, trabaho, mahal sa buhay, nagdesisyon kami na dapat dito lang kayo sa Valenzuela City.”

(Relocations in the past used to be outside Metro Manila. But people find it difficult because it is too far from work and family. So we decided that relocation should be within Valenzuela City.)

A total of 3,834 informal settler families are the main target recipients of this entire housing program.

This in-city relocation has been the project of Vice President Leni Robredo after she was appointed as chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC).

WATCH: HUDCC implements onsite relocation for informal settlers in Sitio San Roque, QC 

The Vice President is hoping that the project will continue despite her resignation.

“Nakailang meetings na po kami ng National Housing Authority (NHA) at ibang shelter agencies, Metro Manila mayors, congressmen. Ito po yung binubuo natin na yung local government units (LGUs) na may ganitong proyekto mai-share sa ibang LGU,” said Vice President Leni Robredo.

( We’ve had several meetings with the NHA, shelter agencies, Metro Manila mayors and congressmen. This is what we have been advocating, that LGUs with this kind of projects would be able to share with other LGUs. ) — Grace Casin | UNTV News and Rescue


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PDEA nabs 10 individuals in an operation in Valenzuela City

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, November 8th, 2017


Operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) have arrested 10 individuals in an Anti-Drug Operation in Sitio Kabatuhan, Barangay Gen. T. De Leon, Valenzuela City, Tuesday afternoon.

The arrested drug suspects were nabbed for operating a drug den and using illegal drugs.

Among the arrested were Marla Bersola and alias “Kalbo” who were also the subject of the operation.

Seized from the group was several sachets of shabu inside a house which was turned into a drug den.

“Nakita nyo naman sa surveillance video na gamitan itong bahay na ito. Pinakita naman namin  sa inyo bago tayo nag operate (You saw on the surveillance video that this house is being used as a drug den. We showed you before we began the operation),” PDEA NCR- Regional Director Ismael Fajardo Jr. said.

“Sabihin na nating small time ito pero sa kanila talaga ang bagsak ng droga. Saan man galing ang droga, dito sa consumer bumabagsak . . . dapat nating tutukan lahat. Kasi kung maubos natin itong consumer, precisely wala ng magbebenta at wala nang bibili, ganun po kahalaga ito,” he added.

(They may be “small time” but drugs still ended up with them.  Wherever the drugs came from, it will still end up with the consumers…all should be monitored. Because once we eradicate the consumers, there will be no more sellers because there’s no one to sell drugs to. That’s how significant this is.)

One of the suspects denied the allegations.

“Hindi ako drug lord, ‘pag’ lord ako. Dumadaan ako sa ‘pag’- subok. Yung nakuha sa akin di sa akin yun. Dapat ginto itinanim niyo hindi bato. Oo, magpapakulong ako pero di sa akin yon,” alias Kalbo said.

(I’m not a drug lord, I’m a ‘pag’ lord. I face ‘pag’subok (challenges in life). The [drugs] they found on me are not mine. You [operatives] should have planted gold not drugs. Yes, I will voluntarily go to jail but those drugs are not mine.)

Meanwhile, eight more individuals were arrested for being inside the house when the raid was executed.

They are now under police investigation. – Rajel Adora | UNTV News & Rescue

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VP Robredo calls for lifting of martial law declaration in Mindanao

by UNTV   |   Posted on Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Leni Robredo said she is not against the proclamation of martial law in Mindanao, especially since it was the Supreme Court itself that declared it constitutional.

However, the Vice President believes the administration should lift the declaration of military rule in Mindanao, and immediately begin the rehabilitation of strife-torn Marawi City.

“Nung sinusulong ito ang sabi niya necessary lang. Sana sa lalong madaling panahon ma-lift na ito kasi marami din yung nagrereklamo na naaapektuhan ang turismo, hanap buhay at maraming umaasa ditong hanap buhay, (When he [Duterte] was pushing for this, he said it was necessary. I hope that he could lift it at the soonest possible time because many are complaining that their tourism, their livelihood are affected. Many livelihoods are depending it)” said the vice president.

According to Robredo, the Office of the Vice President will help in the conduct of rehabilitation in the heavily damaged area.

She noted many of their Angat Buhay partners have already expressed readiness to build infrastructures for the affected residents.

“Marami na kaming kausap na partners na willing to help magbigay ng ng school buildings gamit sa paaralan yung shelter kits para sa mga nawalan ng bahay. Marami na nag-pledge. Lahat lang naghihintay para magkaron na ng clearance (We are in talks with many partners who are willing to help build school buildings, provide school supplies, shelter kits for those who were displaced. Many have pledged. They are waiting for clearance)”, said Robredo.

However, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Spokesman Major General Restituto Padilla believes a consultation will take place first before the government releases a decision on the lifting of martial law in the entire Mindanao.

Although the matter is a political concern, Padilla said the AFP will create recommendations regarding the lifting of the military rule in the region.

Padilla also assured the public that the situation in every part of Mindanao will soon return to normal.

“But there is a greater threat here that needs to be addressed and the need for the maintenance of martial law in some parts is really important because of the network, the existence of the network of all these terrorist groups,” said Padilla. — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

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President Duterte still the most trusted government official — Pulse Asia survey

by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, October 13th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — Based on the latest Pulse Asia survey, the approval and trust rating of President Rodrigo Duterte is the highest among the top government officials.

He got 80%  in both his approval and trust ratings.

Vice President Leni Robredo obtained 57 % approval and 55% trust rating while Senate President Aquilino Pimentel has 55 % approval and 52% trust rating.

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno have the lowest ratings.

Malacañang said the public is confident with the leadership of the president though the survey was taken during the time when there was so much political noise.

“Despite the multi-faceted political noise, President Duterte is still the most approved and the most trusted government official in the Philippines today the survey conducted last September 24-30 at the height of the demolition job against the president even implicating some members of the president’s family,” said Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella.

The official also said the Pulse Asia survey will be an inspiration for the Duterte administration to work harder in giving Filipinos a comfortable life and in resolving criminality and illegal drugs in the country.

Malacañang said the public support for President Duterte is stronger than some sector’s disapproval of him.

“For all its worth, there is an attempt to shake the foundations but apparently as the Pulse Asia rating has shown, there seems to be an enormous appreciation for the president not just from a particular isolated report,” said Abella. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue



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