Urban poor group continues to occupy Bulacan housing projects

BULACAN, Philippines — More than 3,000 members of the urban poor group, Kalipunan Ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay) remain in the resettlement zone of the National Housing Authority (NHA) in Pandi, Bulacan.

It was on Wednesday when the group forcefully occupied the housing units in the area.

Kadamay said this is to protest against the failure of the Duterte administration and the housing and urban development coordinating council to provide decent shelters for the poor.

Today, March 13, NHA officials are set to visit the resettlement zone to conduct a profiling of the present occupants in the housing units to issue them with notices of eviction if necessary.

“Firstly, we will conduct profiling. We will visit the site and check who occupied the units so they can be given notices,” said NFA Region 3 head, Remuel Alimboyao. “Within this week, we will conduct the profiling to know get the names to be issued with a notice of eviction. This is an announcement for them to leave the site because they do not own the housing units.”

Meanwhile, Kadamay National chairperson, Gloria Arellano appealed to the authorities to just give the housing units to their members who do not have any shelter.

“They are fighting for the housing units because what pushed them to occupy the housing units are unemployment, low pay and absence of a decent house because we know that they really need to have a roof over their heads,” she said.

“It has been a long time since we had our own houses. We really dream of having our own house. So this is our time to fight so that my family, my children, could have a house,” said Elena Nicolas, a Kadamay member.

For Kadamay members, despite challenges experienced in the housing site, they are still determined to remain there until the government responds to their demand.

“It is really difficult. The members have been discussing to chip in for food. We don’t even have water nor power supply. We will not leave this place until our demands are met,” said another Kadamay member, Rose Mendoza.

According to the NHA, there is a housing program allotted for the members of Kadamay, but it is yet to be finalized. — UNTV News and Rescue

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