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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Philhealth at 4Ps, ginagamit para pigilan ang paglahok ng mga maralita sa protesta vs Aquino

Mariing konondena ng grupong Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap o Kadamay ang paggamit ng rehimeng US-Aquino sa mga programa ng gubyerno para sa mahihirap, gaya ng Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program o 4Ps at ang Philhealth program upang pigilan ang mga maralita na lumahok sa isasagawang protesta na nanawagan sa pagbibitiw ni Pangulong Aquino sa poder.

Ayon kay Carltio Badion, national secretary-general, mataas ang pangamba ng Malacanang na maglilikha ng ispontansyong paglahok mula sa ordinaryong mamamayan ang mga protesta sa mga darating na araw kung kaya't pinipigilan ng rehimen na mag-umpisa ang mga ito sa iba't ibang paraan.

Kapit-tuko rin umano ang rehimeng US-Aquino sa poder, matapos ang ginawang pagharang sa mga ralisyista kahapon na nakatkdang magprograma sa harap ng Crame at EDSA Shrine bilang paggunita sa anibersaryo ng EDSA People Power.

"May pumasok sa aming ulat na nagpapatawag ang DSWD sa pabahay ng gubyerno sa Rodiriguez (Montalban), Rizal ng pagpupulong sa libu-libo nitong maralitang benepisyaryo ng 4Ps bukas Pebrero 27. Bukas umano nakatakdang mamahagi ng buwanang financial assistance para sa mga benesyaryo, ayon sa ulat ng mga kasapi ng Kadamay sa relokasyon," ani Badion.

Samantala, nakatanggap din ng ulat ang Kadamay na nag-iikot ngayong araw ang de-trompang sasakyan ng lokal na pamahalaan sa apat na baranagay ng mga maralita sa Camarin, Caloocan City upang manawagan ng pagdalo sa pagpupulong sa mga barangay bukas. Kailangan umanong dumalo dito ang mga pamilya ng maralita para maging benepisyaryo sila ng Philihealth.
 

Paghahanda ng mga kasapi ng Kadamay sa Camarin, Caloocan City para sa malaking pagkilos bukas patungong Malacanang para ipanawagan ang pagbibitiw ni Pangulong Aquino.

Ayon sa Kadamay, ang mga pulong para sa mga magiging benepisyaryo ng Philhealth ay pinatawag ng lokal na pamahalaan ng Caloocan sa utos mismo ng Malacanang. Posible rin umanong ipatawag din ang kaparehas na pagpupulong sa iba pang komunidad ng maralita kung saan inaasahan ang paglahok ng libu-libong maralita sa mga kilos protesta laban sa administrasyon.

"Hindi dapat gamitin ni Aquino ang pondo at programa ng pamahalaan para magsilbi sa kanyang pansariling interes na manatili sa poder," ani Badion. "Gayunpaman, hindi kayang tapatan ng anumang pagmamaneobra ang pagsamubalt ng galit ng mamamayan bunsod ng tumitinding pambubusabos sa maralita at pagkapapet ng administrasyong Aquino sa Estados Unidos.

Isang malaking protesta ng mga maralita at mamamayan ang nakatakdang ilunsad bukas, Peb 27, patungong Mendiola na nanawagan ng pagbibitiw ni Aquino bilang Pangulo

Plano umano ulitin ng Kadamay  kundi man higitan pa ang malaking protesta kanilang inilunsad sa Commonwealth Avenue noong Hulyo sa kanilang martsa bukas patungo sa paanan ng Malacanang.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Urban poor group calls for Aquino's ouster on EDSA People Power anniv

Twenty-nine years after the Marcos dictatorship was overthrown by a successful people power revolution at EDSA, the plight of the poor has worsened, according to urban poor group Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay).

This mainly due to the fact that post-EDSA People Power regimes have been a puppet to the United States no less than Marcos dictatorship, and that the neoliberal policies espoused by the US have dug its pangs deeper into the Philippine economy to the detriment of poor Filipinos, Kadamay added.

According to Carlito Badion, Kadamay national secretary-general, the record-high poverty, hunger and unemployment rates in the country in the BS Aquino administration is a result of the past and present post-People Power administrations defying the call for genuine agrarian reform and national industrialization, no matter how the government pretends that the local economy is among the tiger economies in Asia.

From the Corazon Aquino regime to his son's administration, the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program and its extension, the CARPER, has done nothing to alleviate the plight of millions of poor Filipinos in the countryside.

"The mistake of the two People Power revolutions in the past is that both have stalled new presidents that represent the ruling class of big landlords and big comprador bourgeoisie, and endorse neoliberal policies as framework of their economic programs," said Badion.

The United States, according to Badion, has had the hand in deciding who will be the country's leader every after People Power in the past, as it has made sure that the next president will endorse neoliberal economic policies and US military interventionism.

One thing is for sure, according to Badion, amid the Mamasapano fiasco and the growing call for his resignation, the quintessentially anti-poor and puppet in Malacanang needs to be ousted from Malacanang soon by means of another people power revolt, as the BS Aquino regime has derailed any plan for his impeachment.

Kadamay added that after the ouster of BS Aquino, the Filipino people should install not another president who will only represent the interest of ruling class and the United States.

"A transition council with representation from the oppressed sectors who joined the ouster movement should be installed. This council should immediately end the implementation of anti-poor programs of the Aquino administration which are behind the soaring prices of basic commodities, meager wage of workers and unemployment, privatization of basic social services and the demolition of homes in urban poor communities in favor of development projects. It should also facilitate a clean and democratic election to select new leader, and should ensure that BS Aquino and his cohorts will go to jails for their crimes against the Filipino people," said Badion. 

"We are calling on the urban poor to join today's protest at EDSA and the bigger protest-march to Mendiola on the 27th of February, to finally call for the ouster of BS Aquino from Malacanang," ended the leader. ###

Monday, February 23, 2015

Grupong Kadamay, nagbabala sa DSWD na huwag nitong gamitin ang 4Ps para pigilan lumahok ang mga maralita sa mga protesta para sa pagbibitiw ni Aquino

Nagbabala ang grupong Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap sa Department of Socal Welfare and Development at sa Malacanang na huwag nitong gamitin ang Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program o 4Ps para pigilan o di kaya'y pagbawalan ang mga maralitang lungsod  na benipisyaryo ng programa sa Metro Manila at karatig lalawigan na lumahok sa mga kilos-protesta na nanawagan ng pagbibitiw ni Pangulong Aquino.

Sa mga darating na araw, kabilang na sa Pebrero 25, ika-29 na anibersaryo ng EDSA People Power, na isang buwan din matapos ang pagdanak ng dugo sa Mamasapano, Maguindanao, nakatakdang maglunsad ng malaking protesta sa EDSA Shrine ang iba't ibang grupo kabilang na ang mga maralitang lungsod para ipanawagan ang pagbibitiw ni Aquino. 

Samantala, isang higanteng protesta ang inaasahang ilunsad sa paanan ng Mendiola sa Pebrero 27 sa pangungana ng militanteng grupong Bagong Alyansang Makabayan kasama ang Kadamay.

Ayon kay Carlito Badion, national secretary-general ng Kadamay, habang puspusang ang kanilang isinasagawang preparasyon para sa malalaking protesta laban sa administrasyong Aquino, nakatanggap sila ng ulat na magsasagawa ng distribusyon ng financial assistance ang DSWD sa Pebrero 27 para sa benipisyaryo ng CCT partikular sa relocation site sa Rodriguez (Montalban), Rizal.

Isa ang mga pabahay sa Montalban, kung saan napakalala ng kahirapan sa hanay ng mga biktima ng demolisyon sa ilalim ng administarsyong Aquino, sa mga pagmumulan ng malaking bilang ng mga lalahok sa mga pagkilos laban sa administrasyon.

Ani Badion, nangangamba silang maaring hindi lamang sa Montalban gawin ng DSWD ang pagpapatawag sa mga CCT benepisyaryo sa araw ng Pebrero 25 at 27, at pagpipigil sa kanilang lumahok sa mga protesta.

Naging kalakaran na umano ng DSWD na tapatan ng mga CCT meeting ang malalaking protesta sa mga nakaraang pagkakataon, at ang lantarang paghihikayat sa mga benepisyaryo na huwag lumahok sa mga aktibidad na tumutuligsa sa rehimen. Ang pagliban pa umano sa mga meeting ng 4Ps ay nangangahulugan ng P500 kabawasan sa kada-buwang tulong-pinansyal.

Ang 4Ps o CCT ang pangunahing programa kontra-kahirapan ng rehimeng US-Aquino na naglalayong magbigay ng tulong pinansyal na aabot sa P1,400 para 
sa mga pinakamahihirap na Pilipino.

Ngunit naging batbat ng kontrobersya ang programang ito ng gubyerno kaugnay sa korapsyon at iba pang iregularidad sa pamimili ng benepisyaryo. 

Ayon pa sa Kadamay, pangunahing instrumento rin ito gubyerno sa pagpapatupad ng Oplan Bayanihan para supilin ang paglaban ng mga mamamayan, lalo na ang mga pinakamahihirap. 

Kabilang umano sa oryentasyon na isinasagawa ng DSWD sa mga CCT beneficiary ang hindi paglahok sa mga kilos-protesta na kumukondena sa gubyerno.

"Walang karapatan ang DSWD at ang Malacanang na pigilan ang mga mahihirap CCT beneficiary na lumahok sa mga protesta, lalo pa at nakikita ng maraming maralita na hindi natutugunan ng gubyerno ang lumalalang kahirapan sa bansa," pagwawakas ni Badion.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

EDSA Dos icon to call for Aquino's resignation over Mamasapano bloodbath

Nanay Mamaeng Deunida during EDSA Peoplw Power Dos calling on the President Joseph Estrada to resign from his post amid allegations of corruption 

As calls for President Benigno Simeon Aquino III’s resignation mount, urban poor sector to join their long-drawn demand for the stepping-down of PNoy in light of the Mamasapano carnage and the criminal neglect of the Aquino administration over their plight. 

In time of their announcement for Aquino’s resignation this afternoon, a theater play of the biography of urban poor icon, Carmen “Nanay Mameng” Deunida will be staged.

Deunida was a renowned “Erap Resign” leader of the EDSA Dos People Power which dethroned the Estrada administration, and a staunch critic of the Arroyo administration. At the age of 87, Nanay Mameng never misses any chance to criticize President Aquino and play words with his name such as President Abnoy Sintu-sinto Aquino.

The event this afternoon will also be held to announce the urban poor’s participation in the upcoming rallies in time for the EDSA 1 Commemoration on February 25 and in Mendiola on February 27.

According to Carlito Badion, Kadamay national secretary-general, their group from different cities in Metro Manila as well as from provinces in the Southern Tagalog and Central Luzon will be mobilizing in thousands for the big protests next week at the EDSA Shrine. 

The peak of their protest according to the group will be on Friday, February 27th, where they will March to the Chino Roces Bridge to press President Aquino into resignation.

Kadamay has been staging candle lighting protests in urban poor communities to call for the justice for the Mamasapano carnage. This also to invite more urban poor to join the upcoming protests.

"It is the best time for the urban poor to demand for the resignation of the Aquino administration and the installation of a transition council to replace the function of the president," Badion added.

The leader added that the widespread poverty in the country, due to chronic unemployment, depressed wage of workers and privatization of basic services, which are neoliberal dictates of US imperialism on the Philippine economy, can only be addressed by evicting the promoter of neoliberal policies from Malacanang.

Meanwhile, Badion added that among their sectoral demands on the transition council are immediate job creation, implementation of national minimum wage and wage increase, end to privatization of basic services including that of public hospitals, as well as, to eviction of urban poor from their homes and sources of livelihood, and making PNoy accountable for corruption on the billions of pesos of Informal Settler Fund and other presidential pork barrel. ### 

Friday, February 13, 2015

Groups stage urban poor icon’s life via “Nanay Mameng, isang dula” in Miriam College

Amid worsening government corruption, massive displacement, joblessness and lack of access to social services, and the church declaring 2015 as the “Year of the Poor,” urban poor groups Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (KADAMAY) and Urban Poor Resource Center of the Philippines (UPRCP), in cooperation with Art Action Network, stage once more the life and times of the sector’s beloved woman icon Carmen “Nanay Mameng” Deunida with “Nanay Mameng, isang dula.” 
The play is centered on the 86-year old Mameng in her hospital room, shortly after her brain operation in 2013. Mameng meets “Sakit”, a creature representing her diseases and that of the society. Throughout the play, via expressionistic staging and storytelling, Sakit and Mameng battle it out on the stage that transforms from being a hospital room into different milieus, according to the two’s realities. The audience is transported into the different stages of Carmen Deunida’s life – from her childhood during the Japanese war, to her failed marriage to an abusive husband, to the community where she lived in the 60s, and to when she became the fierce activist leader that she is known for. In the end, one has to win between Mameng and Sakit.
If the first play was staged last year at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, this year’s Nanay Mameng, isang dula will be staged on February 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28 in Miriam College Little Theater.
The play features a cast composed of experienced and inexperience stage actors led by musician and actress Tao Aves as the young Mameng and cultural worker and trade union organizer Tess Dioquino as the 86-year old Mameng.  It is written by Philippine High School for the Arts alumnae Amanda Lacaba Echanis and is being co-directed by dance and theater artist Edwin Quinsayas and professional theater practitioner Noel Taylo. They were the same team behind last year’s staging along with the rest of the Art Action Network, a group of artists who want to devote their art into supporting the advocacy of marginalized sectors. Quinsayas is the group’s Artistic Director. Also in the creative pool are renowned lights designer Katsch Catoy who is doing the lights design and technical direction, visual artist Rowena Bayon from UP Multisectoral Alliance who is in charge of the production design and Anino Shadowplay Collective’s Toni Muñoz for the sound design. Muñoz also wrote the music for Tanghalang Pilipino’s Prinsipe Munti and Red Turnip’s Time Stands Still. 
The play is in partnership with Miriam College’s Sanggunian ng mga Mag-aaral ng Miriam (Miriam College Student Council) and the College’s volunteerism arm Institutional Network for Social Action (INSA). It is being supported by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Council for Health and Development (CHD), Confederation for Unity, Recognition and Advancement of General Employees (COURAGE) and in part by the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) and Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth). 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Group slams Bautista admin's Zero-ISF policy, Aquino's PPP for growing cases of demolition of homes in QC

And urban poor group claimed that recent cases of demolition in urban poor communities in Quezon City should be blamed to an anti-urban poor policy called the Zero-Informal Settler Family (Zero-ISF) policy which the Bautista administration has been implementing since 2010 to the detriment of the urban poor who constitute majority of the residents.

Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay) also slams privatization policy of the Aquino administration as QC has recently become a battle ground of violent demolition of homes, and host to huge fires that residents claimed to be cases of arson.

In 2002, there were an estimated 170,000 depressed households in the city, and as of August 2010 the number of informal settler families is said to have already reached more than 223,000 according to record of Quezon City Urban Poor Affairs Office.

Last week, at least 80 families have lost their homes in the QC's Litex Area despite the resistance of residents. Meanwhile, protests of residents in two other communities in QC also last week have failed attempts of the local government unit and the University of the Philippines administration to evict some 300 families from an urban poor community along Mother Ignacia Avenue in QC's South Triangle, and 47 families along C.P Garcia Avenue in Barangay UP Campus.

This morning, residents of Hydraulic Compound in Barangay Old Capitol Site also face threat of eviction after the UP administration issued yesterday a notice for them to vacate their homes. At least 18 families are bound to be homeless as the UP administration aims to sell, if not to have for lease, the land to private companies in an effort to raise fund to complement the State University's measly subsidy.

QC: Most hellish city for the urban poor

Carlito Badion, natinal secretary-general of Kadamamy said, "QC is undeniably the most hellish city in the Philippines for the urban poor, and it has been a melting pot of many schemes to privatizatizepublic lands to give to Public-Private Partnership project in the guise of development."

"The Zero-ISF policy in QC which was initiated by QC Mayor Herbert Bautista in 2010 has rendered thousands of urban poor homeless, and trampled on their rights as human beings." Badion added.

"It is one of the most anti-poor policies under the Aquino administration stripping the urban poor of their right to adequate shelter and their right the city in favor of big businessmen who connive with the mafia of political leaders controlling the city--Tadeo Palma-Bautista tandem," he added.

Tadeo Palma is the secretary to the city mayor.

"Zero-Slum Zone"

Recently, the zero-ISF policy was renamed into "Zero-Slum Zone", a less anti-poor and not derogatory term, to avoid negative reactions from the critical public.

But Badion said, "While its name seems to be less discriminatory to QC's urban poor population, the Zero-ISF in 2014 was reinforced with sharper pangs upon the approval of QC ordinance SP 2247 which prohibits the renovation and construction of any structure without the consent of the legitimate owner of the land."

“Because of the said ordinance, fire victims in QC are not entitled to rebuild their new homes,” he claimed.

Recent waves of demolition of homes and arson cases in QC, according to Kadamay, is part of the city's zoning plan which eyes to create five key areas in the city for development purposes.

Growth Centers in QC

Based on Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) which is a long term framework plan that defines the desired physical pattern of growth of the city, QC delineates five (5) growth centers: Central Business District Area (North, East and South Traingle and UP Ayalaland-Technohub); Cubao Growth Center, NGC-Batasan Growth Center; Novaliches-Lagro Growth Area; and Balintawak-Munoz Growth Center.

A New Zoning Ordinance, Ordinance No. SP 2200, S-2013 - THE REVISED QUEZON CITY COMPREHENSIVE ZONING ORDINANCE (SERIES OF 2013) is the principal instrument or tool that shall implement the CLUP. More than identifying the growth centers, the CLUP also delineated boundaries of each center. This distinction further allows focused and targeted policy interventions.

According to Kadamay, urban poor settlers occupying lands within these planned growth centers have received the full wrath of the LGU's and the national government's demolition spree.

They include some 10,000 families from Sitio San Roque in North Triangle who sustained violent attempts of eviction since 2010, and thousands other families along BIR and NIA Roads in the East Triangle who faced several cases of fire and demolition of homes, as well. Last month, some 1,500 families lost their homes to fire.

Meanwhile, the biggest fire to hit QC this year brought to ashes the homes of more than 2,000 families in Baranagay Apolonio Samson which Kadamay claims to be a part of the LGU's plan to develop the Balintawak-Munoz Growth Center.

More street dwellers, more violent resistance

"As the QC LGU and the national continue to implement the Zero-ISF policy, more and more QC urban poor are bound to be street dwellers, while resistance form settlers who refused to be ditched out to far-flung relocation sites will become more violent and rampant as ever," Badion warned.

"We call on every urban poor in QC and in the country to unite against the Zero-ISF policy and the privatization scheme of the Aquino administration. It is only a must for us to defend our right to adequate shelter which the Philippine Constitution provides as well as International Conventions to which the Philippine Government is a signatory," he added.

Meanwhile, Kadamay also appealed on the Filipino Catholics, especially the church workers, to act on the message of Pope Francis who rallied for the recognition and respect of the dignity of the poor, during his apostolic visit to the Philippines last month.

“We ask for the public to support our call for the resignation, if not ouster, of both Mayor Bautista and President Aquino, from their offices for being quintessentially anti-poor,” Badion ended.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Grupong Kadamay, kinondena ang kaliwa't kanang demolisyon sa QC




Ilang linggo matapos ang pagbisita ng Santo Papa sa bansa, tila nakalimutan na ng administrasyong Aquino, kasama ang mga lokal na pamahalaan at institusyon sa ilalim nito, na kailangain ang mga mahihirap sa bansa, ayon sa grupong Kadamay.

Ito ay matapos ang naganap na demolisyon kahapon sa tatlong magkahiwalay na komunidad ng maralitang lungsod sa QC, at ang marahas na demolisyon ngayong umaga sa Ilocandia Street, Barangay Commonwealth.

Bandang alas-11 ng umaga, sa kabila ng protesta ng mga residente ng Ilocandia Street, Barangay Commonwealth ipinatupad pa rin ng awtoridad ang pagpapalayas sa mga natitirang residente sa komunidad.

Kahapon, matapos ang buong araw na pagbabarikada ng mga residente, nagawa pa ring gibain ng mga demolition team ang aabot sa 20 kabahayan sa Ilocandia Street. Ipinatupad ng kapulisan at ng court sheriff ang isang court order na nagpapalayas sa mga residente pabor sa kay Samuel Del Rosario, isang private claimant na umano'y nagmamay-ari ng 1,600 square meter na lupain sa tabi ng Commonwealth Avenue.



Ayon kay Carlito Badion, pangkalahatang kalihim ng Kadamay, matagal ng pinagkakainteresan ng mga matataas na opisyales ng QC LGU at malalaking negosyante ang nasabing lupain sapagkat isang highly-commercialized area ang planong gawin dito ng lungsod. Ayon sa Kadamay, isa ang Litex/National Government Center area sa 5 lugar na planong gawing sentro ng komersyo sa lungsod ng lokal na pamahalaan.

Samantala, nabigo naman kahapon ang mga blue guards ng University of the Philippines Diliman na itaboy ang 47 pamilya nakatira sa isang komunidad sa tabi ng C. P. Garcia matapos magbarikada ang mga residente.Napigilan din ng mga residente sa tabi ng Mother Ignacia Street sa South Triangle ang demolisyon ng kanilang komunidad matapos nilang harangan ang kalsada at makipagbatuhan sa awtoridad.

Ayon sa Kadamay, ang kaliwa't kanang demolisyon sa Quezon City ay bahagi ng plano ng lokal na pamahalaan sa pamumuno ni Mayor Herbert Baustista na idevelop growth centers sa lungsod kabilang na ang QC-CBD (Knowledge Community District), Cubao Growth Center, NGC - Batasan Growth Center, Novaliches - Lagro Growth Area at Balintawak - Munoz Growth Center.



Matatagpuan umano ang mga komunidad ng maralita na kumakaharap sa demolisyon sa lungsod, kabilang na ang mga dumanas ng malalaking kaso ng panununog sa mga growth centers na nabanggit, dagdag pa ng grupo. Kinondena rin ng Kadamay ang zero-informal settler policy na matagal ng ipinapatupad ni Mayor Bautista.

Samantala, ani Badion, matagal nang inaasahan ng kanilang grupo na walang plano ang administrasyong Aquino na kilalanin ang karapatan ng mga maralitang lungsod na mahigpit na tagubilin ni Pope Francis sa kanyang naging pagbisita sa bansa noong Enero.

Tanging ang pagpapatalsik umano sa kasalulkyang gubyerno ang magtitiyak na makakamit ng maralitang lungsod ang katiyakan sa paninirahan at kabuhayan na matagal ng ipinagkakait ni Aquino sa mga maralita para sa interes ng malalaking lokal at dayuhang mamumuhunan, dagdag ng lider.

Gayunpaman, hinahamon pa rin ng grupong Kadamay ang mga Katoliko, lalo na ang mga taong simbahan, na samahan ang mga maralitang lungsod sa paglaban sa tumitinding atake sa sektor ng administrasyong Aquino.

Liban sa magkakasunod na kaso ng demolisyon ng mga maralitang komunidad, kinondena rin ng Kadamay ang nagpapatuloy na pagbabawal sa hindi bababa sa 500 maliliit vendor na magtinda sa mga overpass ng Commonwealth Avenue simula pa noong Enero 5.