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Bacolod City, Philippines Wednesday, February 23, 2011
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Squatters seek
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The president of the Nami-Nami Home Owners Association in Barangay Sum-ag, Bacolod City, is asking the Bacolod City government for relocation assistance for homeowners to be affected by the road widening project of the Department of Public Works and Highways in Abuanan Road.

In her letter to Councilor Dindo Ramos, Teofila Ortiz said the DPWH has asked them to vacate the area they are occupying and there are 34 families out of 78 members of their association who will be affected.

Ramos is chairman of the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod Committee on Urban Poor and Relocation.

Earlier, Bacolod Rep. Anthony Golez Jr. had held a dialog with the families who will be directly affected by the project and gave them two options: to be relocated at a relocation site, or to avail of the Community Mortgage Program of the government.

He assured them that he will write Vice President Jejomar Binay, Mayor Evelio Leonardia and the Department of Social Services and Development for help in finding a relocation site for them.

The residents asked to be provided financial assistance so they could demolish and transfer their structures.

DPWH project engineer Jojo Melgar said they will proceed with the project once the residents have pulled out from the area.

He said the road-widening project costs about P22 million.*CGS




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