Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija – Six (6) families of illegal settlers from Sitio Kinse, Barangay Taliptip, Bulakan, Bulacan, expressed their appreciation to the Army personnel belonging to the troops of the 48th Infantry Battalion for helping them to find a place to build their homes and for their efforts in conveying their concerns to the San Miguel Corporation as their former homes were located in the area where the construction of Aerotropolis Project will be constructed.
The Army started building their houses simultaneously on August 14 and is expected to be turned-over on October 19, 2020.
According to Lt. Col. Felix Emeterio M. Valdez Commanding Officer of 48IB, the six (6) families are part of the 364 families who benefited from the relocation offered by the San Miguel Corporation.
Responding to the issues being fomented by left-leaning groups, Lt. Col. Valdez said, “We helped these families in building their new homes in Barangay Bambang, Bulakan, Bulacan contrary to the allegations of some groups that Army personnel participated in their forced relocation.”
358 families received Php250,000 each from San Miguel Corporation. Six (6) families opted to pool their money together and bought a 437sqm property in Dona Juana Subdivision, Barangay Bambang worth around Php700,000 with land title, and divided it to themselves.
Aside from helping them construct their houses, the Army also assisted them in the processing of the transfer of land title and help them budget the remaining fund to buy construction materials.
The Army’s presence in Barangay Taliptip came about through a Barangay Resolution dated January 3, 2020, signed by all Barangay officials requesting the Army to conduct a Community Support Program (CSP) in the Barangay upon receiving information that there are certain groups organizing the fisher folks with an intent to resist the peaceful resolution of the issue of relocation of illegal settlers.
“Kami po bilang mga opisyal ng Barangay ay humiling ng tulong sa mga military na mag facilitate para makatulong sa mga mare-relocate especially sa coastal kasi po may mga naglalabas pasok na tao at para sa kanilang security ay nag-request ang Sanggunian na magtalaga ng mga officer doon na patuloy na mangangalaga sa kaayusan at katahimikan ng lugar,” said Taliptip, Barangay Secretary Epifania M. Samonte.
Saturnino Espiritu, one of the six (6) beneficiaries expressed his gratefulness to the efforts of the 48IB in helping them to have a house of their own.
“Nagpapasalamat kami sa 48IB dahil tinulongan kaming maidulog ang aming hinaing sa San Miguel Corporation para sa aming paglilipatan. Kusa naming giniba ang aming bahay para makalipat sa maayos na lugar. Maraming salamat po sa lahat,” said Espiritu.
7th Infantry Division Commander, Major General Alfredo V. Rosario Jr. was elated to learn that the six families have a safer place to stay with the help of the 48IB.
“There are some groups that are maligning the presence of the Army in Barangay Taliptip who are conducting CSP and guarding the critical infrastructure project of the government. Your Army is there to assist the people and secure the government projects and properties from being hampered by sinister acts of groups affiliated with the CPP-NPA.
Meanwhile, 703rd Brigade Commander Brigadier General Andrew D. Costelo urged the public not to believe those organizations infiltrating their communities and convincing them to resist the development projects of the government to fit in their hidden agenda.
“The Army is conducting CSP that is supported by the Barangay Council to prevent CPP-NPA’s infiltration of the Barangay and exploitation of the issues in the community,” said Brig. Gen. Costelo.