DOTr clarifies number of track settlers affected by railway project

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The following is a statement from the Department of Transportation clarifying the number of families living in PNR railtracks that will be resettled due to the construction of the Tutuban-Clark railway.

This is to clarify an Inquirer.Net article with headline “New rail projects in, informal settlers out”, which was posted yesterday, 13 November 2017, at 05:48 AM.

DOTr reached out to the author and the author clarified that the following statements in her article are based on 2008 data:

“The NHA would have to remove 18,455 families from PNR tracks in Bulacan and Pampanga provinces.”

“Covered by the new projects were 41,000 families in the cities of Malabon, Caloocan and Valenzuela in Metro Manila; the towns of Meycauayan, Marilao, Bocaue, Balagtas and Guiguinto, and the City of Malolos in Bulacan; and the towns of Apalit, San Simon and San Luis, and the cities of San Fernando, Angeles and Mabalacat in Pampanga.”

For the public’s guidance, 414 informal settler families will be resettled for PNR Clark Phase 1 (Tutuban-Malolos) based on the project’s post-detailed engineering Resettlement Action Plan.

For PNR Clark Phase 2 (Malolos-Clark), the estimate number of affected families is 224 based on the project’s Feasibility Study. The number for Phase 2 may still change during the project’s detailed engineering design.

Note that in resettling project-affected informal settler families, DOTr will strictly observe President Duterte’s “no relocation, no demolition” policy together with the HUDCC, NHA, SHFC, PCUP, and concerned LGUs.

Moreover, since PNR Clark will be financed by Japan, the following resettlement principles under JICA’s Environmental and Social Safeguards will also be observed:

– involuntary resettlement should be avoided where feasible;

– displaced families should be compensated and assisted, so their economic and social future would be generally as favorable as it would have been in the absence of the project; and

– affected families should be fully informed and consulted on resettlement and compensation options.

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