NHA to relocate Tondo Vitas housing project residents

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 19 2018 03:40 PM

MANILA - The National Housing Authority (NHA) said Monday that it will relocate residents of the Vitas Temporary Housing in Tondo which will be demolished. 

The NHA said Manila City Hall issued a demolition order on the buildings after a Department of Public Works and Highways inspection showed its vulnerability to natural disasters.

"Their discoveries reveal that the housing projects are unsafe and susceptible to disasters such as typhoons and earthquakes," the NHA said in a press release.

The NHA said they have yet to receive the dates for the demolition but said it will issue a 30-day notice to the affected residents so voluntary relocation to the resettlement sites may begin. 

The agency said the identified resettlement sites are located in Naic and Trese Martires, Cavite; Baras, Rizal; and the Camarin Low-Rise Building in Caloocan City. 

"Regular relocation shall commence after the 30-day notice and upon compliance of all requirements for just and humane eviction," the NHA added. 

The NHA said it has already take action to ensure safety of the occupants since the initial declaration of the tenements as being unsafe for residency in 2010.

At least 57 out of the total 712 families have been relocated from Fort Bonifacio Tenement since 2015, while 97 families from Punta Tenement were relocated since 2012.