Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Squatter War a comin' in Metro Manila?

The Metro Manila Development Authority has vowed to rid the city of squatters in three years. The agency plans to push out 17,000 families every year, according to this article from the Manila Standard Today. And talk about humane treatment: the settlers are told to leave voluntarily or "we tear down their structures," MMDA general manager Robert Nacianceno told the paper. The agency is asking the government to slash the budgets of the National Police, National Housing Authority and Department of Social Welfare and Development and to apply the money to creation of resettlement sites.

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