As part of the national program to move informal settlers from “danger zones” to safe and suitable sites, the Parañaque City Government represented by Mayor Florencio Bernabe, Jr. and the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) represented by its General Manager Alfonso Cusi recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement to relocate the families who are presently occupying portions of the MIAA property adjacent to the Ninoy Aquino international Airport (NAIA) runway which is in the flight path of descending aircrafts. Photo shows MIAA GM Alfonso Cusi (left) and City Mayor Jun Bernabe, Jr. proudly showing the MOA they have signed to the officials who were present during the activity.
“Danger zones” refer to sites where accident or health hazards as well as risks of natural and man-made calamities and disasters are present. They include riverbanks, seacoasts, creek/railroad track/hill/ mountain sides, foot of a volcano or in instant case, in the flight path of incoming aircrafts ferrying international travelers.
The Memorandum of Agreement was signed for the City Government of Parañaque by Mayor Florencio Bernabe, Jr. and General Manager Alfonso Cusi for the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA).
Under the MOA, the airport administration will provide all the necessary basic and legal support and defray the expenses for the implementation of the relocation process and development of the relocation site.
For its part, the city government will provide personnel that are necessary in dismantling the makeshift houses of informal settlers as well as the transport facilities to convey them to their relocation site. Mainly however, it will be responsible for site development and general welfare of the beneficiaries.
A task force was created to oversee project implementation. It is composed of the following agencies: Office of the City Mayor; Barangay Government Unit of Sto. Niño; Local Housing Development Office; Urban Mission Areas Development Office; Parañaque PNP and MIAA representatives designated by its general manager.
The 808 informal settlers will be relocated to a developed site in Brgy. Merville, also in the city. From this humble beginning, a socialized housing community shall rise, complete with a multi-purpose hall and a school building.
Parañaque City has earned the distinction of having established 30 Gawad Kalinga communities, the second best record among LGUs in the National Capital Region.
“In Parañaque, we do not just build homes and communities. We build lives and better futures for our citizens.”, Mayor Bernabe declared. (Public Information Office)