DOTR, PNR award housing units to 50 displaced railway families

July 12, 2023 Jun I. Legaspi 236 views

THE benefits of the North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) spill beyond passengers with its socio-economic benefits seen as the Department of Transportation (DOTR) and the Philippine National Railways (PNR) yesterday turned over socialized housing units to 50 households affected by the construction of the NSCR Extension Project in San Fernando City, Pampanga.

Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista said the affected residents and communities stand to benefit from well-made houses as well as job and livelihood opportunities.

“Hindi lang pabahay ito pero may kasamang pangkabuhayan kaya tutulungan po namin kayo na magkaroon ng mas magandang buhay paglipat ninyo dito sa mga bahay na ibibigay namin sa inyo,” Sec. Bautista said during the commemorative turnover and acceptance activity for 50 socialized housing beneficiaries of the NSCR-EX Project.

As a holistic inter-agency response to the social dislocation, the relocation sites for the displaced families are highly livable with availability of basic utilities and low monthly amortizations – starting at only P500 and accessibility to schools, health center, public market, sports facilities, police station and transport terminal.

The DOTR and PNR, in cooperation with the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD), National Housing Authority (NHA), and City Government of San Fernando, facilitated the permanent relocation of the 50 families from the seven affected barangays in San Fernando City.

To be relocated in Phase 2 San Fernando View Residences in Barangay Calulut, San Fernando, Pampanga, the first 50 Project Affected Households (PAHs) are among 1,138 total beneficiaries in the city.

Included in the first 50 beneficiaries are not just those displaced by the construction of stations and elevated railway but also those who experienced flooding as a result of civil works of the project.

A second relocation site with more than 200 housing units will be opened later this year. A third site, to be opened early 2024, will involve constructing a low-rise building with more than 400 units.

The NSCR Extension Project forms part of the entire 147-kilometer NSCR System, which is expected to integrate the project’s Malolos-Clark segment and its Calamba leg (Solis-Calamba).

Once operational, the NSCR system is expected to serve over 500,000 passengers daily, and reduce travel time from Calamba, Laguna to Clark, Pampanga to two hours.