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Magulang na, barat pa! Vince Dizon offers P30 per square meter to Aetas to leave New Clark City

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Not content with using the law to drive Aetas out of their communities, the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) headed by Vince Dizon is offering a measly sum for their properties.

In a statement posted on its website on December 5, BCDA confirmed that it is offering financial assistance worth P300,000 per hectare or P30 per square meter to all residents of Capas, Tarlac who will be affected by the construction of New Clark City.

BCDA said farmers and indigenous peoples (IPs) affected by the project are eligible to receive aid, even if it denied that Aetas will be displaced because of it.

“There are no targeted Aeta communities. The notice was given to all claimants to inform them of the need to start the construction of the New Clark City to Clark International Airport access road in that particular area,” the government agency said.

The group Sandugo – Movement of Moro and Indigenous Peoples for Self-Determination recently shared a letter given to residents of Barangay Aranguren informing them they only had seven days from November 29 to leave.

BCDA warned residents in the letter that the government will go after them and they will lose their right to seek compensation if they refuse to leave their community. Their homes will also be demolished.

In its statement, BCDA maintained that the communities affected by the New Clark City’s construction belong to the government under Republic Act 7227.

“There are NO declared ANCESTRAL DOMAINS or Certificates of Ancestral Domain Titles (CADT) in the area. Therefore, Aeta communities are not displaced,” it said.

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