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).
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
MANILA, Philippines — Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos Jr. has no plans of returning to the Senate.
The former Senator said he wants to focus first on the electoral protest he filed against Vice President Leni Robredo.
“Why would I run for Senate when I won as vice president? My job now is to work on my proclamation so that the true results would come out,” said the former senator.
Marcos has also expressed dismay over the slow pace of the resolution of his complaint. He claims that he felt like he is at the disadvantage.
Despite this, the former senator is still confident that he has the necessary documents and witnesses for the electoral protest. However, he sees no major development yet up to now.
“The process of recounting has not started yet. The electoral tribunal has already asked me to pay millions for the election protest. I paid on time but the result for what I paid for was given to the opposite camp. They do not want us to get it,” said Marcos.
In response, Commission on Elections (Comelec) Director James Jimenez said that the poll body is just following the orders of the presidential election tribunal.
Jimenez noted that the mandate of Comelec is to reveal the results of the previous elections. — Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue
MANILA, Philippines — Eight out of ten Filipinos approve of the performance of and continue to trust President Rodrigo Duterte.
In the 2017 last quarter survey of Pulse Asia, 80 percent of Filipinos approve of the performance of the President, seven percent disapprove, while 13 percent are undecided.
The Chief Executive’s trust rating, meanwhile, is at 82 percent.
The highest recorded performance and trust rating of the President came from Mindanao, followed by Visayas, and the National Capital Region (NCR). He received the lowest ratings in other parts of Luzon.
Filipinos who are among the class E gave the highest ratings to the President.
“This number showed that our people are aware of and recognize the significant strides the President undertook in his one and a half year in office. We assure our people that he will continue to discharge his duties with the nation’s interest foremost of his mind. We, thus, call on everyone to put this appreciation into action by standing as one and help the government as we continue to address poverty, illegal drugs, criminality, and corruption,” said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.
In the same survey, Vice President Leni Robredo got an approval rating of 59 percent, and a trust rating of 58 percent.
It rose several points higher compared to the results of Pulse Asia’s survey in the 3rd quarter of 2017.
Senate President Koko Pimentel, meanwhile, got a trust and approval rating of more than 50 percent.
House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez got a 42% approval rating and a 37% trust rating.
Of the five highest officials of the land, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno got the lowest ratings.
The said survey was conducted among 1,200 respondents last December 10 to 15 and 17.
The issues making headlines during the conduct of the Pulse Asia survey were the ratification of Congress of the TRAIN law; the passage of the 3.7 trillion pesos 2018 national budget; the hearing for the CJ Sereno impeachment case; the order to stop the country’s immunization program after Sanofi Pasteur admitted its Dengvaxia vaccine might cause severe dengue to individuals without prior infection; the PNP’s return to the drug war; the President’s labelling of the CPP-NPA as a terrorist group; the Chief Executive’s supporters call for a revolutionary government, among others. — Victor Cosare | UNTV News & Rescue
MANILA, Philippines — Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque said there is nothing to worry about a declaration of a revolutionary form of government because it is President Rodrigo Duterte himself who has been dismissing the issue.
“There is no revolutionary government. Let us now end the talks about revolutionary government. Let’s now move on. To the opposition, look for other issues,” said Sec. Roque.
This was in response to the Vice President Leni Robredo’s sentiments regarding reports that some government officials are involved in organizing protests to call for the president to declare a revolutionary government.
The vice president said persons involved in such movement can be held legally liable.
“Nakakabahala ito, kasi… kapag sinabi kasing revolutionary government, gusto mong isantabi iyong Konstitusyon. Ito, ano ito, laban ito sa mga existing na batas, kaya nakakabahala na. Iyong tanong nito, iyong mga sasali ba dito may be held legally—‘di ba?—may be held liable? Kasi iyong pag-alsa laban sa Konstitusyon, pag-alsa iyon laban sa pamahalaan,”said the vice president.
(This is alarming because when you say revolutionary government, you want to set aside the Constitution. This is against the existing laws, so it is really alarming. Those who participate may be held legally—may be held liable, right? Because it can be regarded as rebelling against the constitution and the government.)
She also argued that it seemed ironic to see public officials moving against the government they represent.
Nevertheless, Robredo trusts President Duterte’s word that he will not declare a revolutionary government because he doesn’t want it in the first place.
Duterte, however, said it is only possible if the welfare of the state and the people are in jeopardy.
“We need a radical change. I have to…we need a radical change in government. We need not go into a revolutionary government. I do not want it. Only when everything is turning upside down, maybe,” said Duterte.
Thus, Roque said that the controversies surrounding the issue should not be entertained. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue
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