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Albay Gov. Bichara seeks Pres. Duterte’s help in relocating families residing in foreshore

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Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara has asked President Rodrigo Duterte to help them relocate the families residing in foreshore to permanently help them especially in times of calamities.

Bichara was one of the governors present during the post disaster assessment meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte after the onslaught of Typhoon Tisoy.

“Isa pa, DENR also, sa foreshore, we should not allow them to stay there eh. Dapat may distansya. Kasi every time there’s a typhoon, ‘yun din ang customer namin sa evacuation center. It’s the same people eh,” the governor said.

“I think we should just start relocating them in a nearby place pero we should not allow them to be on the foreshore areas. And we need to enforce this. Look at the other — in other countries. Sa foreshore
walang nakatira eh. They stay on the other side eh,” he added.

Bichara explained that these families just return to their places after the storm and the cycle continues.

“Eh dito, ang hirap eh. Right now, washed out sila. The next day, nagtayo uli ng mga bahay. So pagdating ng bagyo, ganun din ang mangyayari. So keep on repeating what’s… Oo, kahit patay na tayo ganun din ang — ganun pa rin ang mangyayari eh,” said the Governor.

Meanwhile, DILG Sec. Eduardo Año said that his department will im “no build zone” observance.

“Meaning to say, 40 meters from the shoreline should be a no build zone. But we have to prepare the relocation sites of these affected families,” Año said.