MANILA-- Some six thousand housing units will be provided by the National Housing Authority (NHA) to informal settlers that will be affected by the construction of the Metro Rail Transit Line 7.
In his speech during the Progress Briefing and Inspection of Build, Build, Build projects, Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade said NHA will also provide assistance in expediting the right of way issue of the MRT 7 station.
"Mister Secretary, I'm allotting to you 6,000 units of houses already plot in with utilities, water and electricity," Tugade said, quoting NHA General Manager Marcelino Escalada Jr.
The DOTr will provide technical support to the Quezon City local government and the NHA to facilitate the relocation of information settlers along the right of way of the proposed stations.
Relocation sites are being prepared in Tanay, Rizal and in Bulacan for qualified candidates. Other options such as the Balik Probinsiya program of the government are also being explored.
There are 160 families initially identified which still has to undergo vetting procedures from the NHA.
Tugade said the cooperation among various government agencies and the private sector would be vital for the success of the railway project.
"It's the unity of purpose. It is the unity of action. No contest. One administration, one government, one country," he said.
The 22 kilometer MRT7 rail transit system will connect North Avenue in Quezon City to San Jose Del Monte City in Bulacan.
Among the areas where stations shall be constructed include: North Avenue, Quezon City Memorial Circle, University Avenue, Tandang Sora, Don Antonio, Batasan, DoAa Carmen, Regalado, Mindanao Avenue, Quirino, Sacred Heart, Tala, and San Jose Del Monte.
The railway line will accommodate an estimated ridership of 420,000 passengers daily.
A common station which will link with the Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) and Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) will be built along North EDSA.
Furthermore, a 22 kilometer, six lane asphalt road will be constructed to connect the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) to a major intermodal transportation hub in San Jose Del Monte.
Korean rolling stock company Hyundai Rotem will supply 108 train cars, signalling, communication and power systems.
The Universal LRT, which is controlled by the San Miguel Corporation, holds the exclusive right, obligation and privilege to finance, design, construct, supply, complete and commission the MRT 7 project.
Through the Build, Build, Build program, the government aims to allocate PHP8 trillion to increase infrastructure spending to 7 percent of the country's gross domestic product (GDP) from the current 5 percent, paving way of a Golden Age of Infrastructure within the term of President Rodrigo Duterte.
Source: Philippine News Agency