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21 families hang on to Jusmag property

By Ferdinand Fabella | Posted on August 01, 2012 | 12:01am
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The Bases Conversion and Development Authority urged residents of Jusmag property in Fort Bonifacio to vacate the lot and tap the government’s relocation program.

Arnel Casanova, BCDA president, said only about 21 families out of 299, or seven percent, living in the area have not applied for relocation, insisting that the BCDA has no jurisdiction over the 35.5-hectare Jusmag area.

Casanova said 277 families occupying 10 hectares of the property have voluntarily vacate the area and avail of the BCDA’s relocation option. Of the 277 families, 198 have already vacated the area.

On the other hand, a total of 107 families have opted for outright cash while 69 families chose to relocate in the National Housing Authority’s relocation site in Rodriguez, Rizal.

“The relocation program presented to the informal settlers is considered one of the best relocation programs so far offered to informal settlers,” Casanova said.

The relocation package consists of cash equivalent to the value of their respective houses as assessed by the Taguig City Assessor’s Office, plus a cash incentive which the resettlers can use as start-up capital for any livelihood project they may set up in their new community, according to the BCDA official.

As to the remaining residents who threatened BCDA of criminal lawsuits, Casanova said they held a dialogue with them on July 26.

“However, the dialogue abruptly ended following the unruly behavior from representatives of the seven percent minority who refused to avail of the relocation program,” he said.

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