Twenty-five families who have been displaced following a landslide due to heavy rainfall in Sampaguita Extension in Barangay Payatas, Quezon City will be relocated by the local government.
Mayor Joy Belmonte on Thursday said six families that needed immediate relocation have already been transferred to a city housing project in the same barangay.
Belmonte also said that the local government will help the affected families in their financial needs, particularly in the installation of necessary utilities in their new homes.
For the remaining 19 families, the city government is coordinating with the National Housing Authority (NHA) for their relocation, said lawyer Jojo Conejero, acting assistant department head of the Housing, Community Development and Resettlement Department.
The local government has also already cordoned off the area to prevent the former residents from returning after the city’s disaster risk reduction and management council declared it “as prone to erosion and no longer safe for residents, especially during heavy and continuous downpours.”
“We also discovered that several structures adjacent to the building are also in danger from potential soil erosion and degradation,” Department of Building Official head lawyer Dale Perral added.