Hagedorn to revive Puerto Princesa as “princess of the ports”
Wednesday, 18 April 2007

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, April 17 (PNA) - Mayor Edward Hagedorn said he is determined to revive city’s old glory as the “princess of the ports” by relocating squatters in the city coastal areas.

Hagedorn made this remark during the press conference of Team Unity who visited here as one of their province campaign sorties.

He said he has continued to address the squatters problem as the City Housing Development Division (CHDD) awarded almost 7,000 Certificate of Lot Allocations (CELAs) to the qualified beneficiaries in 2006.

Hagedorn is optimistic that more squatters especially those living in the coastal areas will be relocated in the Presidential Proclamation 718 with land area of more than 1,700 hectares found inside the Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm (IPPF) in sitio Tagbarungis, barangay Inagawan, this city.

”I am happy that area in Iwahig was declared by President (Gloria Macapagal) Arroyo for housing purposes, it would help our target to make zero-status in 2010”, he said.

Hagedorn declared war on squatters as the city government sought suitable relocation sites, source funding for land acquisition, and site development.

The city chief executive wants to give an opportunity to his poor constituents and those informal settlers to live, cultivate and possess lands of their own. (PNA)