BULACAN — The National Housing Authority (NHA) on Thursday proceeded with the issuance of eviction notices to members of the urban-poor group Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay).
Together with Pandi Police Station personnel, the NHA team went to the housing units of Pandi 3 Atlantica.
However, the group was not able to enter the area because the illegal occupants had barricaded the area.
Cloe Galvez, a Kadamay member said, “We are fighting for our right to have our own houses. We do not need an eviction letter. What we need is housing. We are not scared of getting evicted. We will fight, but we will not fight with violence.”
Meanwhile, at the entrance of Pandi Village in Barangay Mapulang Lupa, the NHA personnel were able to post notices of eviction in several housing units.
But when the NHA personnel left the area, the urban poor group removed and burned the notices.
“As for us, we are not creating trouble. We are just protecting housing units left idle. The police and the military were stopped [ by Kadamay members] from entering. It is our right to block them to protect our people,” said another Kadamay member, Baby de Guzman.
Among those who forced their way into the housing site is Renante Magbanua,who insisted, “This is unjust. The rules of NHA and the laws of the police are not the issue here. The issue here is crisis and poverty. In fact the housing units here are still not enough for the poor.”
The urban poor group denies reports that some of their members have left the housing units after a notice of eviction was served last Monday at Barangay Masuso and Villa Elise. They claim that seemingly vacant units were intentionally locked because its Kadamay occupants have left for work.
“The houses are not vacant. There are families left in the houses. The houses were just locked because there’s burglary happening,” said Marie Rexy Tongko, a member of the militant group. — Nestor Torres | UNTV News and Rescue