SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique – Informal settlers in the Barangay Maybato Sur reclamation area here are preparing to relocate to Barangay Mapatag in Hamtic town to pave the way for the construction of the PHP50-million Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) building.
“We expect the informal settlers to start the construction of their houses in the relocation site since we have delivered yesterday (Thursday) their needed lumber,” Eby Butiong, provincial government housing board secretary, said in an interview on Friday.
Butiong said 10 of the 18 affected informal settler families opted to transfer to the relocation site. The remaining eight chose to stay with their relatives.
He said the lumber was part of the assistance provided by the provincial government and the PENRO for their relocation, while the eight families were each provided PHP10,000 in financial assistance by the provincial government for their subsistence.
The groundbreaking ceremony for the project was held on March 17, led by Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu.
During the program, Cimatu cited the need for the PENRO building to be transferred to a new location because the present office stands on a landslide-prone area.
He said the PENRO building to be constructed in Barangay Maybato Sur would also enable its personnel to closely monitor the historic Malandog River where the first Malay barangay in the country was established.
“PENRO’s presence will ensure the river’s cleanup,” Cimatu said. (PNA)