The Philippines' government is pressing ahead with plans to relocate squatters who live along waterways after a series of typhoons and monsoon rains devastated central Manila earlier this month.
About 150 families from Happy Land, a shanty community on Manila Bay, are among those to be moved to another area.
Sofia Garque, whose husband and son are fisherman, lost her house to a storm surge.
She is now being moved to new neighbourhood about 40 kilometres away.
"They (my husband and son) will be far from here. I think if they go home to the new place it will just be every Sunday. They'll stay here to do their work and we'll be over there," Mrs Garque told Radio Australia's program.
The roundtrip from the bay to their new home could amount to one-third of what the Garques earn on a good day.
Government master plans
While sheltering at an evacuation centre during the worst of the flooding, President Benigno Aquino told them the government was moving them to higher ground for their safety.
A week and a half later Rojelio Singson, the Public Works Secretary, unveiled a flood-mitigation master plan, that included upgrading the Metro Manila pumping system, and clearing away structures and dwellings along lakes, rivers and other waterfronts.
He explained that the government's relocation was spurred by a fear of "excess runoff, too much rain, overflowing waterways and high waves on the shore."
He added the rubbish from residents along waterways clogs estuaries and drains.
Another Happy Land resident, Grace Gonzales, has experienced two complete washouts in past typhoons and is not convinced the government's plan to move her family is a good thing.
They depend on their piggery and managed to keep their 17 pigs safe during the flooding by putting them in a wooden pen on stilts.
"It's all still being worked out. I just don't know what's going to happen. If they don't let us take our piggery then we'll just have to stay here on solid ground. All of that capital we have in our pigs would go to waste," Mrs Gonzales explained.
The average salary in the area is 150 US dollars a month, and the pigs cost the Gonzales between 60 and 190 US dollars depending on their size.
Street vendor Chrislyn Trongcosa has visited the new houses ahead.
"It's nicer there. You're comfortable at home, you won't be afraid anymore whenever there's a storm, no flooding to worry about," she said.
The relocation of the 150 Happy Land families is scheduled for September.
© ABC 2012
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