Gabriela Women’s Partylist Representative Liza Largoza Maza today led the filing of a resolution seeking to look into P14.1B C5 North Extension project that is expected to demolish the homes of over 40,000 families in 10 barangays in Quezon City, including those in the University of the Philippines, in Diliman.



According to Rep. Maza, “An initial scrutiny of the C5 North Extension project reveals that this is a potential deathblow to C5 communities.”



The Gabriela solon explained that according to the SONA technical report P12.77B has been allocated for the C5 North Extension project, aside from this, an additional P1.4B appears to be siphoned into the project from various allocations in the national budget such as “Segment I of NLEX-SLEX connections via C5” and “7 Major Metro Manila roads”, bringing the total allocation to P14.1B. Actual construction is expected to begin by January 2008.



While the project appears to be in full swing, they have yet to present a concrete program for the relocation of C5 residents. “Our consultation with C5 residents revealed that no social impact assessment was conducted to determine how this project could affect C5 residents. No negotiations have been conducted, and no clear information or program for relocation has been offered to residents. This is a cause for alarm especially since construction is two months away,” said Rep. Maza.



The GABRIELA solon stressed, “The massive dislocation that looms would have an immense impact on the livelihood of an estimated 40,000 families. This is expected to interrupt the schooling of tens of thousands of children. In projects such as these, rights and welfare of residents should always be considered.”



Following a consultation held by Gabriela Women’s Party with C5 residents led by the Alyansa ng mga Komunidad Laban sa Proyektong C-5 at Access Roads (AKLAS C-5), Rep. Maza led the filing of a resolution calling on the “Committee on Housing and Urban Development to conduct an inquiry into the impending construction of C-5 North Extension which will result to the demolition of houses and other structures in certain areas of Quezon City AND the displacement of more or less 40,000 families and recommend measures that shall protect the rights and welfare of the people that shall be affected and if warranted, make the necessary action to prevent the construction of the project pending the completion of the inquiry.”



The resolution was likewise signed by Gabriela Rep. Luz Ilagan, Anakpawis Rep. Crispin Beltran and Bayan Muna Reps. Satur Ocampo and Teddy Casino.



“We intend to put this project to a halt until such time that issues surrounding its impact on residents is properly addressed and resolved. We urge Congress to take urgent action on this resolution to investigate the C5 North Extension.” #


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