Duterte hosts party for informal settlers in Davao City

  • President Rodrigo Duterte hosts a dinner party for informal settlers in Davao City
  • There he promised to give them relocation in one year
  • He also lectures them about the importance of family planning

President Rodrigo Duterte hosted a party for informal settlers living in Davao City on Friday evening, July 29.

The party held at Barangay 76-A was attended by more than 200 people living in the squatters area of the city.  

ABS-CBN said in its story that Duterte reiterated his promise to provide relocation for the informal settlers.

“I will relocate you. Give me a year,” Inquirer quoted Duterte.

“I will really move you. But do not worry, there will be no demolition without relocation,” he added.

The president earlier said that there should be no demolition conducted if no relocation is provided.

In his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, July 25, Duterte said that he will talk to businessmen owning the lands where informal settlers are living in for them to provide decent housing. He also promised to provide more jobs to the poor by boosting investments in the country.

Aside from the issue on housing, Duterte also lectured about reproductive health and family planning among the audience which mostly comprised of mothers and children. He said couples should only bear two to three children.

Duterte said during Monday’s SONA that he will push for the implementation of the Reproductive Health Law. The policy was enacted during the administration of former President Benigno Aquino III, but it never saw proper execution due to the lack of implementing rules and regulations.