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Pimentel: Gov’t should move as one to solve squatting problem 01/14/2011

Friday, January 14, 2011

Pimentel: Gov’t should move as one to solve squatting problem

01/14/2011
The whole government structure from the national to the local levels should unite to effectively address the longstanding problem of squatting, according to former Sen. Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel.”

In remarks before a recent gathering of governors and mayors, Pimentel observed that squatting is “one of the most pressing problems” facing the nation as “the blight of squatter colonies not only mars the beauty of this country but more importantly demeans the dignity of the squatters who are also human beings like the rest of us.”

Pimentel suggested that the only way to solve the squatter problem is “to bring together under clearly defined parameters the powers of the central government and the functions of local governments.”

The national official in charge of implementing the national shelter program, Pimentel said, should have full jurisdiction over the national agencies dealing with homelessness, and he has to harness the support of the local executives, including governors, mayors and even barangay officials..... MORE

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