Leading the Urban Poor's Footsteps:
Away from Danger and towards Just and Humane Shelter
(The Role of PCUP in the Relocation of Informal Settler Families Living in Danger Zones,
Particularly Near the Waterways in Metro Manila)
The Supreme Court issued a Writ of Mandamus to compel all government agencies to do their mandates to clean up, rehabilitate, preserve Manila Bay, and restore and maintain its waters.
On September 2009, Typhoon Ondoy caused flash flood affecting NCR and some parts of Rizal, Cavite, Bulacan and Laguna. The urban poor are most vulnerable in this time of disaster. Thereupon, the covenant of His Excellency President Benigno S. Aquino III with the urban poor pave the way for the issuance of Memorandum Order 57 in the year 2013. In manifestations of His Excellency's genuine commitments, Fifty (50) billion pesos was allotted for clearing of the major waterways and to transfer the affected Informal Settler Families (ISF) to a safe, secured, decent and affordable humane settlement. The ISF - National Technical Working Group (ISF- NTWG) was created with DILG leading the interagency collaborated activities. PCUP by virtue of its mandate was designated member of the ISF-NTWG. The Group has identified about 104,219 ISF living in the waterways and other danger areas like railroad tracks, garbage dumps, shoreline and roads from across the 16 cities and 1 municipality of NCR. The eight (8) major waterways prioritized for clearing are the following:
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