Ex-homeowners, informal settlers at Bulakan airport site get windfall from SMC
San Miguel Corp. has given ample remuneration and cash rewards for former homeowners and informal settlers of the future site of the new Manila International Airport project in Bulakan town in Bulacan province.
A total of 364 beneficiaries benefited from SMC’s cash assistance, according to local officials.
SMC gave 277 owners of non-concrete houses or shanties some P250,000 each.
On the other hand, owners of concrete houses were given the appraised value of their homes, multiplied by two, plus an additional P100,000.
Cash assistance was also provided to 87 others even though they were disqualified.
Former Sitio Bunutan coastal resident Patrick Garcia said
“Mas napaganda po ang estado ng buhay namin ngayon kumpara sa buhay namin sa coastal areas. Nung sa coastal areas lagi kaming binabaha at inililikas kami sa evacuation center. Ngayon ay wala na kaming pangamba,” said a former coastal resident of Sitio Bunutan, Patrick Garcia.
Another relocated resident, Jimmy San Jose, said he was given a new livelihood source and was now in charge of mangrove planting and mangrove crab production that would be undertaken by SMC in coordination with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR).
“Ako po ay tumutulong ngayon sa San Miguel sa proyekto ng mangrove at mudcrab na gagawin namin sa susunod na araw kaya po ay magtatanim kami ng bakawan na paglalagyan ng mudcrabs,” he said.
Under a partnership between SMC and the Technical Education Skills Development Authority (TESDA), 58 former Taliptip coastal residents were able to complete training in different courses geared towards employment during airport construction and full operations.
They were also given opportunities to open businesses that will cater to the airport and surrounding communities.
“Nagpapasalamat kami dahil maliban sa pabahay ay nabigyan kami ng pagsasanay at magandang hanapbuhay ng San Miguel. Kami po ay heavy equipment operators sa Tullahan dredging,” said Arvee Vasquez and Jojit Teodoro, former Taliptip coastal residents.
The two trained under the program and are now working as heavy equipment operators in the ongoing P1 billion Tullahan-Tinajeros dredging project.
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