Informal settlers told to comply requirements for relocation

THE Bacolod Housing Authority (BHA) in Bacolod City urged all informal settlers who were affected by road clearing operations to comply with requirements to avail themselves of the relocation site in Abada Escay, Barangay Vista Alegre.

Ma. Victoria Parrenas, head of BHA, said that as of Wednesday, September 18, only 40 families who were affected by the clearing operations in various barangays submitted complete requirements.

"Since the start of the clearing operations, we pre-qualified more than 400 applications from various barangays, but only 40 families complied with all the requirements," she said.

She added that those who already secured the application forms should comply the requirements and submit it to them so they can avail the relocation site.

Of 61 barangays, the City Government already demolished 70 percent of more than 8,900 illegal structures in the city in compliance with the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte to rid public streets of obstruction to facilitate the orderly use of thoroughfares.

Parrenas said the affected informal settlers were also assisted by their barangay officials so they can avail themselves of the relocation site.

The village chiefs were also tasked to submit the names of their constituents who were affected of the road clearing operations.

"As soon as we have the lists, we will conduct a socio-economic survey to determine if they are qualify to avail the relocation site. Once they qualified, we will also inform their village chiefs," Parrenas said.

The informal settlers are required to submit a certification from the barangay, marriage contract, and certification from National Housing Authority (NHA).

"Once it's awarded to them, we are reminding them that they should occupy the lot within three months or else the BHA will cancel their relocation because we monitored that some of the beneficiaries sold their lots and it's illegal," Parrenas said.

She said they already cancelled more than 100 recipients of the relocation site in Abada Escay after they failed to occupy it for more than a year.

"The City Government is doing its job to provide them a relocation site so they should occupy it and should not to sell the property," she added.

Parrenas also assured that they can accommodate the affected informal settlers as long as they can complete all the requirements.


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