TO BE MOVED. The city government of San Fernando in Pampanga, through its Local Inter-Agency Committee, holds a meeting with various stakeholders on Friday (Nov. 26, 2021) to discuss preparations for the relocation and settlement of informal settlers and affected families of the North-South Commuter Railway Extension (NSCR-EX) project of the Department of Transportation (DOTr). Those to be relocated are from the 14 barangays of the capital city affected by a railway project. (Photo by the City Government of San Fernando)

 CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – The city government here is stepping up efforts to relocate an undetermined number of informal settlers including 1,200 families from 14 barangays affected by the North-South Commuter Railway Extension (NSCR-EX) project.

The Local Inter-Agency Committee (LIAC), in a meeting on Friday, created sub-committees on relocation, resettlement and dismantling; social preparations; beneficiary selection, awards and arbitration; livelihood committee; and environment to beef up its preparations for the relocation of the families from the barangays of this provincial capital affected by the railway project of the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

“Binuo itong mga sub-committee na ito upang mapabilis, sistematiko at makatao ang relocation na gagawin natin kasi ang utos naman talaga ng ating butihing alkalde na si Mayor Edwin Santiago na bago man lang sya bumaba ay maidala sa maayos, mabuti at magandang lugar ang ating informal settlers (The sub-committees were created to make the relocation faster, systematic and humane because it is the directive of Mayor Edwin Santiago that before he goes down, the informal settlers must be relocated in a proper, good and nice place) ,” Louie P. Clemente, division chief of the Local Housing and Settlement Division, said in social media account post.

Those to be relocated will be brought to the proposed relocation sites in Barangays Panipuan, San Felipe, and Calulut.

NSCR-EX, known as the Philippine National Railways’ Clark Phase 2, will build the country’s first airport railway express service to cut travel time from key cities to Clark International Airport to just 55 minutes. (PNA)