FILE PHOTO: Housing units in Pandi Bulacan
Members of the militant urban-poor group, Kalipunang Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay) insist they have no capacity to pay for a house.
Beth Guerrero said most of their members who are occupying the housing units in Bulacan have no permanent jobs.
“Where will we get the money for the houses? That’s why we’re fighting to have them for free,” she said.
Anakpawis Representative Ariel Casilao clarified that payment for public housing units was not discussed during the meeting between National Housing Authority and Kadamay.
“That has not been discussed during the dialogue because it did not reach the point of recognition. This is because we’re still in the profiling and validation processes, but Kadamay insists these should be free” he said.
If it comes to the point that the members will have to pay for the houses, the group has set conditions for it.
“200 pesos a month is already difficult for us. We can’t pay for it. Maybe we can pay for P100 a month. Members can save up for that. Whatever is decided, that will be followed,” said Kadamay provincial coordinator Sandra Aparil.
Last Tuesday, the NHA began counting occupants of the housing units in Pandi, Bulacan. The NHA is also assessing which families are qualified to receive a housing unit. The only qualified are those without a place of residence, have not received any housing grant from the government, and have valid ID’s.
Kadamay has also addressed the problem on securing identificiation cards for some of its members.
“Kadamay said we have a Kadamay ID which is SEC-registered. The NHA said it will do, but with DSWD certification,” said Representative Casilao. — Leslie Longboen | UNTV News & Rescue