29 November 2016
Georgina Hernandez on Mass Housing of ISFs Clarifying the Manila Bulletin article, “VP Leni Eyes Housing along Railroad Tracks”, November 27, 2016
In a chance interview, Vice President Leni Robredo discussed the recently approved North-South Railway Project. As chairperson of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council, VP Leni discussed the situation of the Informal Settler Families (ISFs) that live along the railroad tracks.
VP Leni does not hope to set up mass housing along the easement of the railroad tracks—rather, she wants to relocate ISFs living along the rails to available land which are still close enough so that access to livelihoods and amenities is minimally disrupted.
VP Leni’s experience working with marginalized groups have shown that relocated families often return to their former location due to the lack of livelihood opportunities, access to transportation, and other necessities.
Currently, the directive of VP Leni as HUDCC Chair is a community-driven approach, where ISFs are part of the entire process of relocation: from site selection to the design and construction of their new homes resulting in better occupancy rates.
Along with this, we have been proposing that relocating ISFs to areas close to train stations be part of the comprehensive mass transport plan of the administration.