As a mother and daughter walk home through a downpour, a more ominous cloud of uncertainty hovers over the PNR squatter settlements. Whether families are ready or not, the PNR plans to help Makati City’s Social Welfare Department and the Housing Urban Development Coordinating Council to resettle them in an area south of Manila called Cabuyao, Laguna. Few, however, will qualify for the housing scheme which requires all applicants to have lived on the tracks since 1990.

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