Relocation begins for informal settlers in Estero de Magdalena

Marje Pelayo   •   July 3, 2018   •   9467

Residents of informal settlements along Estero de Manila register for relocation as rehabilitation of the canal begins. 


MANILA, Philippines – Improvements are now being laid for Estero de Magdalena in Manila, that’s why the local government has also started relocating informal settlers in the area.

Through the initiative of the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC) together with the local inter-agency committee in Manila, shanties in the area were demolished as residents voluntarily give in to the demolition team.

Residents in the area began submitting their respective requirements to qualify for an entry pass to the relocation site.

Each family will receive P18,000 each. The local government of Trece Martirez will also set up livelihood projects and job fairs to help the relocated families start a new life in their new homes.

PRRC assured the residents of a better life in the relocation site than their present condition. According to PRRC Executive Director Jose Antonio Goitia, the new location provides a healthier environment for the residents.

“Dito ho maraming makukuha ng sakit typhoid, leptospirosis ang dami, cholera. So by cleaning this and educating the people and relocating them, maiiwas sila sa danger lalo na yung mga anak nila,” he said.

(They are likely to contract diseases such as typhoid, leptospirosis  and cholera. So by cleaning this and educating the people and relocating them, they will be kept from danger especially their children.)

Goitia said it will take up to three months before the demolition of shanties in the area is completed. After which, improvement works for six to eight months will begin to turn Estero De Magdalena into a public park. – JL Asayo / Marje Pelayo



The polluted state of Estero de Magdalena is often blamed on the informal settlers that live along the banks of the canal.

6.5 million housing units needed for informal settlers nationwide — DHSUD

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — At least 6.5 million housing for informal settlers are needed nationwide, according to the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD).

DHSUD Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario reported that the department already accomplished 1.07 million housing which is 89% out of the 1.2 million housing target for 2022.

Del Rosario said they are on track with the mission. However, he lamented that it is still far from the 6.5 million target units.

“Concerning the 6.5 million housing needed nationwide, medyo mababa ito (it is low) because that is only 20% of the total requirement,” he said.

Del Rosario said that from 2017 to 2021, the department’s budget is only ranging from about P4 billion to P5 billion, or only 10% of the recommended budget for their housing projects.

The official also added that the department needs P50 billion in order to address housing challenges in the country.

“Housing is capital intensive. Kailangan natin ng pondo (we need funds). We have been saying that we need P50 billion a year para makapagpagawa tayo and mai-transfer natin ang mga informal settler families to safer grounds (to build and transfer informal setter families to safer grounds),” he said.

Meanwhile, for the construction projects during the pandemic, Del Rosario reported that production decreased by 28% in 2020. However, he said the production this year has been improving. AAC

Manila begins construction of city’s fifth housing projects for informal settlers

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 30, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Manila City government has begun construction of the 20-storey Pedro Gil Residences.

The local government broke ground on Monday (August 30) the city’s fifth housing project for informal settlers and renters.

Manila City Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso led the groundbreaking ceremony of the Pedro Gil Residences located in San Andres Bukid.

The Pedro Gil Residences will have 125 parking slots, a health center, five elevators for residential units, swimming pool, activity lawn, function room, fitness center, roof garden on the 6th-floor roof deck, five units of rentable space, outdoor activity area at 7th, 13th, and 18th floors, and a roof deck basketball court.

Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso said that the construction of the said housing project aims to uplift the status of the informal settlers in the nation’s capital.

“We will not stop. We will put a roof over people’s heads. Bibigyan natin ng kapanatagan sa pamumuhay ang mga taong habangbuhay na lang nangungupahan. We will give them homes,” he said.

Domagoso was joined by Manila City Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna-Pangan, City Engr. Armand Andres, City Arch. Ely Balmoris, and City Health Officer Arnold Pangan during the groundbreaking ceremony.

Meanwhile, the Manila City government targets to complete the construction of Tondomnium 1 and 2, as well as Binondominium, within the year. AAC

Manila City to construct three new housing projects for informal settlers

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 16, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Manila City Government is set to construct three new housing projects to continue to address the plight of informal settlers.

Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso on Thursday (July 15) said the housing projects will be constructed in San Sebastian, San Lazaro, and Pedro Gil areas. According to Domagoso, the San Sebastian Residences, San Lazaro Residences, and Pedro Gil Residences will be a 20-storey high building with 300 units each and health center based on the ground floor.

“If Singapore did it, Manila can do it. Ang mga pinatayo nating bahay ang magbabalik ng dignidad sa buhay ng mga Manilenyo (The housing we have constructed will bring back the dignity in the lives of Manileños). There will be an opportunity for them,” he said.

Domagoso previously led the inauguration of the 42-square meters two-storey townhouse unit called BaseCommunity last July 5. The unit includes two bedrooms, one living room, one kitchen, one laundry area, one toilet and bath area.

According to the Manila Public Information Office (MPIO), the future housing projects is on top of the ongoing construction of city government’s flagship housing projects called Tondominium 1, Tondonminium 2, and Binondominium. All of which are now more than 50% complete. AAC


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