by Freddie C. Velez
Pandi, Bulacan — Some 6,000 members of the Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay), a militant informal settlers group, have refused to disperse from idle government housing projects in Bulacan despite yesterday’s announcement of an eviction notice from the National Housing Authority (NHA).
“Hindi kami natatakot at hinding-hindi kami aalis (We are not afraid and we will never leave)!” shouted members of Kadamay who kept their barricade intact around the Pandi Residence 3 Atlantika housing project.
The barricade of iron posts and slabs of lumber was put up by the Kadamay members even before sunrise to prevent NHA officials from serving the eviction order.
Kadamay members said they will never give NHA officials a chance to enter the housing units because once the eviction notice will be served inside, they are very sure that the NHA will grab the opportunity to force them to vacate the place.
As of press time yesterday afternoon, no eviction notice has yet served by the NHA officials to the Kadamay members.
4,146 LANDLESS FARMERS IN CL GET LAND TITLES
Meanwhile, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) regional office in Central Luzon announced yesterday the distribution of at least 4,146 land titles covering 317 hectares of public lands to landless farmers in the region.
Regional Director Francisco Milla, Jr., of DENR Central Luzon, reported that a total of 3,700 residential land titles, called patents, covering 83 hectares and another 446 agricultural land titles, covering 234 hectares, were distributed last year to at least 20,730 marginalized farmers and their families.
“The land distribution efforts are aligned with Pres. Duterte’s anti-poverty program in the countryside and are in support of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP),” he said. (With a report from Franco G. Regala)