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Gov’t reconsiders plan to evict 6,000 poor families occupying Bulacan relocation sites

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by Chito A. Chavez

The government has reconsidered its plan to evict nearly 6,000 urban poor families that has taken over vacant housing units in relocation sites in Pandi, Bulacan, since March 8.

The National Housing Authority (NHA) had taken out advertisements to announce that it was against chaos and the illegal occupation of the housing units. But in a meeting with the Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay) and Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan), the seven-member Makabayan bloc in the House of Representatives, NHA officials agreed to set aside its eviction notice and instead look for ways to accommodate the 6,000 families.

Yesterday, hundreds of members of the Promotion of Church People’s Response (PCPR) also went on a “Mercy Mission Caravan to Urban Poor of #OccupyPabahay” in Pandi, Bulacan, after offering ecumenical prayers at the NHA office in Quezon City at 8:30 a.m., followed by the delivery of an open letter to the NHA signifying their support and encouragement to President Duterte to award long-vacant houses to homeless urban poor families.

PCPR organizers said the caravan will deliver food and provisions to the urban poor families in the relocation sites.

Kadamay welcome the NHA decision to reconsider the eviction plan but reiterated its commitment to fight for government assistance in mass housing for the poor.

“This initial victory has come from the bravery and strength of the urban poor Filipinos who have been holding their ground for nearly a month. Collective action amid the worsening crisis of poverty and housing is more just than ever. The poor are powerful and our demands will not be denied. Eviction is one thing, we will continue to push for free and mass housing for all urban poor Filipinos as a matter of right,” said Kadamay national chairperson Gloria “Ka Bea” Arellano.

With regard to the housing sites for uniformed military and police personnel which the Kadamay people had taken over, the NHA will look into the  reasons for the low occupancy rates.

It will hold consultations with the uniformed personnel to find out why many families did not relocate to the homes built for them.

“Kung hindi dahil sa pag-occupy ng mga maralita, hindi mabubuksan ang usapin ng matinding krisis sa pabahay. Hindi rin mapipilitan ang gobyerno na harapin ang sarili niyang mga kakulangan,” said Arellano.

The group called for free mass housing as opposed to the current socialized housing program of the Urban Development and Housing Act (UDHA.)

“The socialized housing program is a failure. Placing the occupants under the same system will only produce the same mistakes that led to thousands of idle homes and greater hardship for the poor. We must not repeat the cycle that has made many people suffer. Neo-liberal policies serving capitalist interests like the UDHA must be scrapped to make way for genuinely pro-poor policies,” Arellano added.

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  • Dyndin

    Maski ba poor families kayo,di ibig sabihin, basta na lang tirhan ang vacant units ng NHA. Lahat yaan may processo, siguradong may mga may ari na niyan kaya lang kumukuha pa ng proper documents dami talalgang papeles na kailangan bago tirhan ang government housing. Ibig sabihin, walang karapatan ang kadamay na basta na lang titirhan ang vacant units na walang proceso. trespassing yaan .

    • ramon

      mga siga mga yan at mamatay tao para may lamunin…yan ang professional squatters

  • You are very, very wrong NHA. If you give in, the next move of the other illegal settlers will be worst more than what you can imagine.

  • Juan Barili

    Houses paid for by the people and yet sat unoccupied for how many years? Execute the officials of the NHA who built them and eliminate the agency. Let the occupiers stay and charge them a reasonable rent.

    • Harper

      Isnt that what the squatters do here stay long enough to get some money and move on. If no money move to another location.

      • Anarchy breeds chaos. Stop them before any form of transgression start and be out of control…

      • I dont care

        EJK them all

      • Juan Barili

        Squatters are not the problem here. The problem is the NHA squandering the peoples money. The intended people for these houses refused them since they have been waiting a long time for water and electric which will never happen due to government agency corruption. How many years will our tax money be wasted and the houses remain empty? My second sentence was correct. “Execute the officials of the NHA who built them and eliminate the agency.”
        It was and is nothing but a plunder scam.

    • general problem

      ayaw nga nila magbayad..gusto libre daw na dapat ibigay sa kanila…pag binigay na sa kanila yun malamang ang next na demand is libreng power, tubig at pera at ayaw nila magtrabaho..gusto patong-it tong its lang at pa shot-shot ng empe o gin…mga bwisit na yan..tapos magbebenta pa ng droga o mag-aadict dun..kawawa naman yung nakatira na doon…nahaluan na sila ng mga hayop tulad ng mga YELLOWISH SALOT NG LIPUNAN…

  • Near N

    These squatters do not pay taxes or anything to the government.. in fact they are burden,,, yet according to one family interviewed they said “pera ng mamamayan yan.. so may karapatan kmi jan”.. ganyan ang mga squatters mag isip.. dapat palayasin yan.. we have a rule.. let the rule of law decide who will be evicted and who will own that houses..

  • ramon

    mabagal n proseso s gobyerno ang prublema…daming korapsyon..sana gumising n at magtraho n ng maayos ang mga nasa gobyerno…

  • philspratly

    NHA, expect more of this kind of action ! NHA head should resign

  • freedash22

    “The poor are powerful and our demands will not be denied. Eviction is one thing, we will continue to push for free and mass housing for all urban poor Filipinos as a matter of right…”

    It is this sense of entitlement of squatters that has led to massive land-stealing in the country. If these squatters want a home, they should work hard for it like everybody else. Regardless if these houses are occupied or not, they have no right to take it for themselves. Repeal LINA law now!

  • Dyndin

    Please do not give in, otherwise, they will get used to occupying illegally all vacant housing unit. Pwede pala, sige lahat tayo, mag trespass… pwede naman. ganyan ba???? nasaan ang policy, rules, regulations and process?

  • general problem

    PAKTAY TYO DYAN…PARA MO NA RIN SILA BINIGYAN NG LISENSYA NA LUSUBIN LAHAT NG PABAHAY NG GOBYERNO….

    • I dont care

      Sana sa Malacanang na lang sila magsquat sa mayayamang subdivision at condo units sa Metro Manila. Delikado ngayon,pag ang bahay mo ay walang tao ito ay kanilang nanakawin by squatting.

  • Commentator

    mga ina nyo.

    ang mahal ng bahay, maraming naghihirap magbayad ng amortization tapos kayo mga animal kayo mag ssquat lang? tapos rally tapos libre na bahay?

    mga ina niyo talaga mga inut1l!

    • I dont care

      TAMA, mga putainang tamad na KALAMAY

  • Tips_y

    My only problem with these so called urban poor is that a lot of them, if not all, are professional squatters.

  • hagakhak

    dapat parusahan ang mga leader ng kadamay na yan!!!

  • I dont care

    Ayan, susunod na nanakawin ng mga komunistang KALAMAY ang mga bakanteng condo units sa Metro Manila at Cebu, mga bakanting lupa, at mga mga bukirin para tirahan ng mga tamad na miyembro nila. Hoy, mahiya naman kayo, di nyo pala kayang magpamilya bat pa kayo nagasawa at naganak at sisisihin nyo ang gobyerno sa kahirapan nyo? Mga WALANGHIYA KALAMAY.