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Saturday, November 22, 2014

KADAMAY, KINONDENA ANG ILIGAL NA DEMOLISYON SA MALABON



Kinondena ng grupong Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay) ang nagaganap na demolisyon ng aabot sa 30 kabayahan sa Ulingan, Brgy. Catmon, Malabon City.

Ayon sa ulat ng samahan ng Kadamay sa komunidad, nagawang gibain ng mga bayarang demolition team at katuwang ang lokal na kapulisan at gamit ang isang bulldozer ang kabahayan ng ilang pamilya sa kanilang lugar. Kahit umano pasado alas-3 na ng hapon, nagpapatuloy pa rin ang pagdating ng reinforcement team ng kapulisan.

Higit na kinondena ng Kadamay ang pagkawasak sa kabuhayan ng mga pamilya na nabubuhay sa pag-uuling at pangangalakal.

"Wala ng ngang disenteng trabahong binibigay ang gubyernong Aquino sa mga maralita, katuwang pa ito ng mga negosyante sa pagwasak sa tahanan at kabuhayan ng mga maralitang lungsod. Ano nga bang pagpipilian ng mga maralita, kundi ang lumaban at hangarin maibagsak ang ganitong klase ng sistema?" ani Gloria Arellano, Kadamay national chairperson.

Ayon pa sa mga residente, bahagi ang ginagawang pagpapalayas sa mga maralita ang expansion ng proyekto ng kompanyang Himlayan Realty Corporation sa kabahaan ng Governor Pascual Avenue.

Iligal umano ang isinagawang demolisyon ng PNP at ng mga tauhan ng HRC. Labag umano sa Urban development and Housing Act (UDHA) ang pagsasagawa ng demolisyon tuwing Sabado at Linggo. Gayundin, ang paggamit ng heavy equipment na ipinagbabawal ng UDHA.

Hiling nilang masibak sa pwesto si Police Inspecto Flores na syang tumayong commander ng kapulisang sumama sa demolition team, at makulong ang iba pang nasa likod ng iligal na demolisyon.

Nong Setyembre, isang pastor ang nakulong matapos niyang ipag-utos ang paggiba ng mga kabahayan sa Malate, Manila sa kasagsaganan ng pananalasa ng Bagyong Mario. Ipinagbabawal din ng UDHA ang pagpapatupad ng demolisyon kapag masama ang panahon.

Isang Police General Edgardo Aglipay naman ang sinasabing may-ari ng kompanyang MRC ang nagpahatid ng anunsyo sa higit sa 500 pamilyang nakatira sa ilang ektaryang lupain sa gilid ng lumang tambakan ng basura sa Brgy Catmon na binili umano ng kanyang kompanya sa lokal na pamahalaan.

Naniniwala rin ang mga residente na kasabwat sa ipinapatupad na demolisyon ang lokal na pamahalaan ng Malabon City.


Groups call to end massive demolition of homes of urban poor


Urban poor groups marched last Monday to the national office of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) at EDSA to protest the unabated cases of demolition of homes in urban poor communities, including those in areas devastated by by Super Typhoon Yolanda in Visayan Islands as the national government implements it No Build Zone Policy. Most of the protesters are members of Quezon City-based urban poor groups, led by September 23 Movement from North Triangle and Kilos Bayan Para sa Kalusugan from Barangay North Farview.

Alyansa Kontra Demolisyon, a network of urban poor groups against forcible eviction, also slammed the brutalities and human right violations committed by elements of the Philippine National Police during demolition of homes happening all under the nose of Interior Secretary Mar Roxas.

Estrelieta Bagasbas, spokesperson of the network, said the urban poor are long fed up of the Aquino government who has acted against the sector in favor of big businesses. "For more than three years in office, we have only witnessed our urban poor brothers being pulled out of our communities by brute force and transferred to far-flung relocation sites where livelihood and employment opportunities are inaccessible," said Bagasbas.


Meanwhile, urban poor group Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay) called on the Aquino government to immediately address the growing problem of unemployment and landlessness which is primarily behind the housing problem in the country.

From less than 5,000 urban poor families in October 2011, the number of demolition victims has soared to nearly 90,000 families nationwide under the Aquino administration according to AKD. The figure includes those with constant threat of eviction due to different development projects under the Public-Private Partnership program (PPP). The figure does not include those families residing along waterways and other danger areas in Metro Manila--around 104,219 families.


Meanwhile, around 10.8M people are affected by a post-Yolanda policy that prohbits the construction within dwellings along the coastal areas in Visayan islands that were affected by the Super Typhoon.

International humanitarian agencies and municipal mayors in typhoon-hit areas on Panay Island have questioned the government’s “no-dwelling zone” (NDZ) policy amid fears that nearly 70,000 families will be dislocated. According to Kadamay Panay-Guimaras, some 350,000 people (69,300 families) will be affected by the implementation of the NDZ in the provinces of Aklan, Antique, Capiz and Iloilo alone. They include 36,300 families in Iloilo, 16,000 in Aklan, 12,000 in Capiz and 5,000 in Antique, according to estimates of government agencies.

The policy will also be carried out in Laguna Lake and Manila Bay to justify the construction of a new international airport and other big-time PPP projects in the 90,000-hectare Laguna Lake and provide premium to large-scale and widespread reclamation projects in Manila Bay, fishermen's group Pamalakaya said.

In Laguna Lake, the no-build zone policy will dislocate around 3.9 million people, while in Manila Bay, about 6 million people will be evicted to pave way for big land reclamation projects of the Public Reclamation Authority (PRA), the fishermen’s group said.

Meanwhile, Yolanda survivors in Tacloban City and other municipalities at the coastal areas of Samar and Leyte are facing dual burden of recovery from disaster and eviction from No Build Zones, as part of the Build Back Better program of the Aquino administration.

Human right violations

The Philippine National Police, and other authorities under the DILG have earned a notoriety among urban poor who resist demolition of their communities. The violations range from the use of tear gas to quell the resistance of barricading residents, to arson, and to use of force and torture against those arrested during demolition of their homes.

The Philippine Military also aided the demolition of settlers in some cases of demolition. While hired para-military and security guards man communities that are bound for demolition, including the urban poor community of Sitio San Roque in North Triangle, Quezon City.

On January 27, at least 200 families in Sitio San Roque lost their homes in a violent demolition. The urban poor community was demolished supposedly to give way to th 11.3 meter road widening project of Agham Road in line with the building of the Central Business District of Quezon City. Around a thousand combined police, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams, and demolition men participated in said demolition.

Despite negotiations, PSupt. Pedro Sanchez and members of the Task Force for the Control, Prevention and Removal of Illegal Structures and Squatting (COPPRISS) dispersed the protesters and dismantled the barricade. Several residents were hit by the police arnis sticks and were forced to defend themselves. Police threw tear gas canisters at the protesters and into people’s homes.

With residents fleeing from tear gas, the demolition teams moved in and began dismantling the houses. Even shanties outside of the road-widening project were demolished.

Resty Torres, 65, died during an asthma attack after inhaling tear gas. A pregnant woman, Mary Rose Reyes, had a miscarriage after crawling her way out of the area filled with tear gas. Reyes was four-months pregnant with twins. Police and SWAT members arrested 11 individuals, including two minors, for supposedly throwing rocks at the demolition team and the police.

Urban poor group Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay) has recorded at least 14 cases of killings committed by the authorities as they implement the demolition of homes, only under the Aquino administration.

Moratorium on demolition

“To end the spate of violence, the national government must immediately implement a nationwide moratorium on demolition,” said Bagasbas.

Alyansa Kontra Demolisyon said that under the Aquino administration, Malacanang and the DILG have already issued a temporary moratorium on demolition in urban poor communities in the past. First, in September 2010 in the aftermath of demoliton in North Triangle; second, in April 2012 after the violence during the demolition of Silverio Compound in Paranaque City, and third, at the peak of protests against demolition of homes along waterways in Metro Manila, after Undersecretary Bimbo Fernandez signed a pact with some urban poor leaders after a dialogue at the DILG in 2013.

Urban poor leaders have also reiterated a signed covenant with the urban poor by then presidential and vice presidential candidates Aquino and Roxas, which has its number entry: There will be no eviction without decent relocation for the victims.

Housing budget

AKD has also questioned the use of the Informal Settler Fund, the P10B fund released every year since 2011 for in-city housing programs for urban poor residing along major waterways in Metro Manila, and other housing budget including the P1.24 billion housing fund for 2015 under the DILG. The opposition has been vocal about the inclusion of housing fund in DILG's annual budget since 2014, and its possible use for the electoral campaign of Roxas who has announced its plan to run for president in 2016.

Some groups meanwhile alleged possible corruption with the contracts entered by the government with the low-cost housing firms who have constructed off-city relocation sites outside Metro Manila.

Kadamay said that despite the recommendation of a technical working group under the DILG during the reign of then Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo, which discourages off-city relocation for urban poor settlers, the Aquino administration has been moving thousands and thousands of urban poor families to off-city relocation sites away from their sources of jobs and means of livelihood in urban centers.

The study notes the following ‘gaps' and issues in resettlement areas: a) shortage or absence of accessible employment opportunities which poses problems in the payment of amortization; b) non-reliable/inadequate supplies of potable water and electricity; c) distance from school and health facilities; and d) defects on housing structures.

Furthermore, the TWG notes that the 'hardship conditions' faced by families in relocation sites and the distance to sources of livelihood and employment have led many relocatees to migrate back into the cities. Meanwhile, these have also given birth to different forms of struggles ensued by several groups of relocatees aimed for the betterment of the dire situation in the government's resettlement projects.

Off-city relocation
Through mandatory relocation after fire and alleged cases of arson, and forcible demolition of homes, the government has transferred at least 45,246 families to off-city relocation sites since 2009 based on data from the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC).

In the housing sector, the Philippine Development Plan 2011-2016 seeks to create “an investment-friendly environment [through] PPPs,” “develop a financing framework for relocation and resettlement, including workable PPP schemes for socialized housing development,” and “[develop] PPPs for onsite upgrading and resettlement”. Optimistically the plan expects PPPs “to help achieve sustainable communities, urban competitiveness [and] housing affordability.”

While there are a few 'showcase' in-city resettlement sites (tenement, medium rise building, etc.), relocation of 'informal settlers' to off-city relocation sites has been a policy of the government. Meanwhile, the privatization in the housing sector has forward a profit-driven rather service-oriented housing for the urban poor.

As of September 2014, there are 32 off-city resettlement sites directly administered by the National Housing Authority (NHA) where urban poor settlers from Metro Manila are relocated. These are found in the neighboring provinces of Rizal, Laguna, Cavite and Bulacan, and has become a stigma for settlers who refused to be relocated to these sites. Meanwhile, other resettlement projects in different regions in the country, including those built to house victims of disasters such as Typhoon Sendong, Pablo and Yolanda as well as the Zamboanga siege, have earned the same notoriety among the urban poor. Some of the ‘off-city relocation sites’ are even condemned by the urban poor as danger and death zones and post great threat to the lives of thousands of relocatees.

“Despite the ISF and billions of other housing funds annually released by the national government, the dire situation of relocatees and the lack of basic social services in resettle projects across the country remain a big problem. Worse, many relocatees face new threats of eviction from their housing units in the resettlement projects for failing to pay the monthly amortization,” Bagasbas said. ###

Demolition of homes along Gov. Pascual Avenue in Malabon pushes through despite UDHA's prohibition on demolition during weekend




Some 30 families in Ulingan community, Brgy Catmon, Malabon are about to lose homes after a private company, Himlayan Realty Corporation, order the demolition of their structures along Governor Pascual Avenue this morning, November 22.

Residents cry that the demolition, which is assisted by the PNP, is illegal as it is stated under UDHA that there shall be no demolition during weekends. They also slam the use of intimidation last week by the company officials and the local police who forced residents to sign a waiver for voluntary demolition.



In September, a local pastor was jailed after ordering the demolition of homes in Manila City while Super Typhoon Mario ravaged Metro Manila, an act prohibited by UDHA.

Yesterday, residents of Ulingan community staged a protest action outside the project site of HRC along Gov. Pascual Ave.



Reference: Kevin Gomez, Kadamay Caloocan, 09476946306

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Aquino's rehab plan in Tacloban, anti-people, doomed to fail--urban poor group

'RAY, itself, is the problem'

Urban poor group Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay) lambasted the Aquino administration's rehabilitation program called Recovery Assistance on Yolanda (RAY) calling it 'essentially anti-people, pro-capitalist, and both a deceptive and defective scheme in aiding the fast recovery of thousands of survivors of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) especially in Tacloban City which is considered the Ground Zero after the devastation.'

Carlito Badion, Kadamay national secretary-general said, "With its evident failure to quickly rehabilitate Tacloban and its people from the devastation, the RAY, under the slogan of “Build Back Better,” is to be primarily blamed for what many have witnessed in Tacloban City a year after the tragedy--a glaringly sad picture which Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery Panfilo Lacson has pointed at the below par action of City Mayor Alfred Romualdez who 'hijacked' the rehabilitation efforts."

Residents along the coast near the Tacloban Astrodome tore out word "No" in a "No-build Zone" notice on Saturday, June 28. Some Tacloban City residents affected by super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) have started rebuilding their houses even in areas considered danger zones.

In the past months, Aquino government's RAY has met the resistance of thousands of urban poor in Tacloban City and other Yolanda-affected areas who declines to follow the anti-poor policies what it has been pushing like the “no build zones” and “no dwelling zones” to get rid of the urban poor in coastal areas which serves as source of their livelihood to favor corporate interests.

"The RAY, itself, is the problem. Truly, how will Yolanda survivors, especially those who are living in coastal areas, recover if they are stripped of their only means of subsistence?" asked Badion.

"Even if the P6-billion pesos is entirely used to facilitate RAY, and not for political patronage by the Aquino government and its cohorts which what actually happened, the full rehabilitation of Tacloban City and its people is very far from reality. The plan is only doomed to fail," Badion said.

Kadamay-Tacloban said, "An estimated 10.8 million people will be displaced by the no build zones in Yolanda-afflicted areas. There is no regional masterplan to help determine what the people really need, while corporations have already started their own agenda of recovery and reconstruction work to serve their profit-driven interests.”

"With go signal from Malacanang, corporate vultures have come home to roost in the name of Build Back Better," said Joel Abano, spokesperson of Kadamay Tacloban.

According to urban poor leader, the Aquino government hypocritically imposed the “no build zones” and “no dwelling zones” in the name of safety for the affected communities, while encouraging corporations to take advantage of the vacated locations to build their businesses.

“The urban poor in Tacloban are being exiled to distant relocation sites and forced to live in substandard housing. They are also uprooted from their means of livelihood, because many are fisherfolk and vendors whose sources of income are near the coastal communities. Meanwhile, nine giant corporations have committed to rehabilitate and reconstruct 16 of 24 development areas, including Tacloban City. The country’s richest families like Gokongwei, Zobel-Ayala, Aboitiz, Pangilinan, Gaisano, and others own these corporations. These families have interests in property development and real estate.”

Abano added that corporate interests because of its vital importance to the region eye the city. “For example, Manuel Pangilinan's Metro Pacific Holdings adopted Tacloban City because it is seeking to expand its interests in property development. Enrique Razon is also investing in the city, the major transport hub of Eastern Visayas, because of his interests in ports and storage, as well resorts and casinos located near international seaports and on reclaimed land. The Executive Director of the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery is also Danilo Antonio, the chief operating officer of Eton Properties, the real estate holding of tycoon Lucio Tan.”

“We denounce the Aquino government's favors to its big business cronies at the expense of the urban poor. If the Aquino government is declaring war on the urban poor, we have no other choice but to defend our homes and livelihood. It is also not only the interests of the urban poor at stake here, but of the people as a whole, who have to contend with their lives being ran by greedy corporations encouraged by privatization and other neoliberal policies," added Abano.

Meanwhile, Kadamay called on the urban poor in Tacloban City and other survivors of Yolanda "to fight with all their anger and disgust of the Aquino government, to fail RAY and demand for genuine people-centered rehabilitation program."

"As we start to rebuild our communities from scratch, we should let the Aquino administration know through our militant assertion of our rights such as the popular land occupation efforts in no build zones and no dwelling zones that our intention is for a city that accommodates the poor rather than big businesses," Badion.

"There is nothing for the vultures to feed on but the quintessentially corrupt, anti-poor, and fascist leader in Malacanang," said the leader. ###

Saturday, November 8, 2014

WARAY FOLKS, URBAN POOR IN METRO MANILA COMMEMORATE FIRST YEAR OF YOLANDA TRAGEDY

Decent jobs remain elusive for Yolanda survivors in Manila--Kadamay

One year after the destruction that hit Visayan islands brought by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Hyan), survivors who now live in Metro Manila and their relatives commemorate the tragedy with a candle lighting protest against what they call as the criminal neglect of the Aquino administration, and its fatally lousy disaster preparation.

A candle lighting protest in Camarin, Caloocan City last November 6, 2014

Lelia Elaria, who experienced the wrath of storm surge that struck Tacloban City in November 8, 2013, joined the candle lighting in urban poor community of Waray folks in Camarin, Caloocan City last November 6 for the thousands of lives that were lost in the tragedy.

Elaria were among the more than 20,000 survivors who were flown to Manila aboard C130 cargo plane of the Philippine Air Force a week after the tragedy. Some of her relatives have already returned to Tacloban City, while she stayed in Manila to seek for a job with the hope to aid the fast recovery of her family whose home and livelihood were destroyed by the storm surge. But a year after the tragedy, decent job remains elusive for Elaria in Manila.

"As it is hard to find for jobs in Leyte because of the destruction, the situation is no different here in Manila. What you earn only suffice to buy food for your daily need. I haven't saved enough to send to my family in the province," said Elaria who live in a small house with the family of his aunt in Sitio 4, Purok 7, Camarin Caloocan City.

As of December 2, 2013, a total of 4,655 families or 19,533 individuals have arrived in Metro Manila since November 16, 2013 via the Philippine Air Force C-130 and other means of transportation, according the National Capital Region office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

Urban poor group Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay) has criticized the Aquino government for its defective recovery and rehabilitation program for the survivors both in the Visayas and here in Metro Manila.

“Despite the billions of foreign aids for the recovery of Yolanda survivors and pressure from the international community, the government has still failed to give full assistance to the survivors including those who remain in Metro Manila,” Kadamay said.

Of the recorded 19,533 survivors who were flown to Metro Manila, 3,328 families and 3,583 individuals were sent home to their relatives through the ‘Oplan Hatid’ initiative of volunteers; 3,658 individuals were fetched by their relatives; 11 families and 36 individuals were referred to LGUs; 1,314 individuals went to their relatives on their own; and 139 individuals were brought to the hospital for immediate medical attention.

Families who do not have relatives in Metro Manila were sent to DSWD’s Jose Fabella Center, Nayon ng Kabataan and Reception and Study Center for Children, faith-based and Non-Government Organizations, and at the Tent City in Pasay City for temporary shelter.

Kadamay said the fate of Elaria and thousands of other Yolanda survivors in Metro Manila is no different from those of the flock of Filipinos from the countryside who choose to migrate to urban centers in search for greener pastures, and fail to find decent jobs.

“In the past years, disasters, both natural and man-made such as the Zamboanga seige, have increased the incidence of urban migration from rural areas contributing to the ever-growing member of urban poor in the country which is at around 32 million Filipinos. Meanwhile, the perennial problem of landlessness and lack of livelihood opportunities in the countryside have consistently fueled urban migration in the country,” Kadamay national chair Gloria Arellano said.

“While the Aquino government fails to implement a genuine agrarian reform and national industrialization program, which will create livelihood and employment opportunities and strategically ends both rural and urban poverty in the country, there is no hope of a better days ahead of Elaria and her relatives and other victims of disasters,” added Arellano.

As thousands of its members have taken the streets of Tacloban City in Leyte, and other cities in the Visayas including Kalibo, Roxas City and Ilo-ilo City, in the commemoration of the first year of the Yolanda Tragedy and to call for the ouster of President Aquino, their relatives and members of Kadamay in Metro Manila will light candles at 6pm today to protest the bleak future ahead of the Filipino urban poor under his administration.

“Today, we fall for justice for the victims of the criminal neglect of the Aquino administration to the victims of Yolanda and other disasters, and for his immediate ouster for failing to address the chronic unemployment and poverty in the country,” said Arellano. ###

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Corporate vultures come home to roost in the name of “Build Back Better”

The Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap-Tacloban (Kadamay-Tacloban), an organization of urban poor dwellers, today said the Aquino government's Recovery Assistance on Yolanda (RAY) would essentially displace them in favor of corporate interests. “Under the slogan of “Build Back Better,” the Aquino government's RAY is pushing such anti-poor policies like the “no build zones” and “no dwelling zones” to get rid of the urban poor in Tacloban City,” said Kadamay-Tacloban spokesperson Joel AbaƱo. “The urban poor are asking, “Build Back Better” for whom?”


According to the urban poor organization, the Aquino government hypocritically imposed the “no build zones” and “no dwelling zones” in the name of safety for the affected communities, while encouraging corporations to take advantage of the vacated locations to build their businesses. “The urban poor in Tacloban are being exiled to distant relocation sites and forced to live in substandard housing. They are also uprooted from their means of livelihood, because many are fisherfolk and vendors whose sources of income are near the coastal communities. Meanwhile, nine giant corporations have committed to rehabilitate and reconstruct 16 of 24 development areas, including Tacloban City. The country’s richest families like Gokongwei, Zobel-Ayala, Aboitiz, Pangilinan, Gaisano, and others own these corporations. These families have interests in property development and real estate.”

The Kadamay-Tacloban said corporate interests because of its vital importance to the region eye the city. “For example, Manuel Pangilinan's Metro Pacific Holdings adopted Tacloban City because it is seeking to expand its interests in property development. Enrique Razon is also investing in the city, the major transport hub of Eastern Visayas, because of his interests in ports and storage, as well resorts and casinos located near international seaports and on reclaimed land.”

“The Executive Director of the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery is also Danilo Antonio, the chief operating officer of Eton Properties, the real estate holding of tycoon Lucio Tan.”

The Kadamay-Tacloban spokesperspon said the the Aquino government feigns concern for the poor while displacing them in favor of big businesses. “An estimated 10.8 million people will be displaced by the no build zones in Yolanda-afflicted areas. There is no regional masterplan to help determine what the people really need, while corporations have already started their own agenda of recovery and reconstruction work to serve their profit-driven interests .”

Such a plan for massive demolitions by the Aquino government leaves the urban poor no other choice but to fight back. “We denounce the Aquino government's favors to its big business cronies at the expense of the urban poor. If the Aquino government is declaring war on the urban poor, we have no other choice but to defend our homes and livelihood. It is also not only the interests of the urban poor at stake here, but of the people as a whole, who have to contend with their lives being ran by greedy corporations encouraged by privatization and other neoliberal policies. If the government is not for the people, the heartless Aquino government is fuelling the rage of the people to oust it.”#

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Mga maralita sa Payatas, nagsagawa ng feeding program bilang protesta sa World Food Day

Nagsagawa ng feeding program para sa mga kabataan ang mga maralita mula sa komunidad ng Plastikan malapit sa tambakan ng basura ng Payatas sa Quezon City.

Ang kanilang feeding program ay bahagi ng kanilang taunang protesta kasabay ng World Food Day upang ipakita umano ang lumalalang kagutuman sa ilalim ng administrasyong Aquino.

Paghuhugas ng plastik ang pangunahing ikinabubuhay ng kalakhan sa mga residente sa Dona Nicasia Compound, Brgy. Commonwealth, Quezon City.

Ayon kay Normelito Rubis, lider ng Samahan ng Nagkakaisa sa Plastikan-Kadamay, nasa likod umano ng lumalalang kagutuman sa hanay ng mga maralitang lungsod ang kainutilan ng gubyerno na maglikha ng trabaho, sa kabila ng bilyong pisong pondo ng taumbayan na ginamit ni Aquino para sa kanyang kontrobesyal na Disbursement Acceleration Program.

Mula nang maluklok si Aquino sa poder, tumaas kapwa ang bilang ng naghihirap at nagugutom na Pilipino. Ayon sa SWS Survey, mula 8.9 milyong pamilya noong 2010, naging 12.1 M noong 2014 ang maralitang pamilyang lugmok sa matinding kahirapan. Lumakirin ang bilang ng mga nagugutom na pamilya mula sa taunang average sa 3.6M noong 2010 patungong 3.9M sa Marso ng 2014.

Pangunahing nasa likod nito ang lumalang kalagayan ng mga Pilipino na lumalawak na kawalang-trabaho sa bansa. Sa kasalukuyan, malayong malaki pa sa 12-13M Pilipino ang walang trabaho mula sa 9.5 noong 2010 kung ayon sa dinoktor na istadistika ng gobyerno sa ‘unemployment’ at ‘underemployment’. Kung pagsasamahin, tinatayang nasa 30M Pilipino ang wala o di kaya ay kulang sa trabaho batay naman sa istadistika ng independent think-tank na Ibon.

"Dahil sa patuloy na paglala ngkawalan ng trabaho sa bansa, ang mga maralitang lungsod ang pinakabulnerable sa walang humpay na pagtaas ng presyo ng mga pangunahing bilihin tulad ng pagkain. Kabilang sila sa sektor na dapat ay pangunahing pinaglalaanan ng pondo ng gubyerno upang matugunan ang kakapusan ng mga batayang serbisyo sa bansa gaya ng edukasyon, pangkalusugan at pabahay," ani Rubis.

"Hangga't nanatili umano ang kawalan ng programa para sa tunay na reporam sa lupa at pambansang industriyalisasyon sa bansa, patuloy na lalala ang kahirapan at kagutumang dinaranas ng mamamayan," pagtatapos ni Rubis.

Nakatakdang lumahok ang mga maralita ng Payatas sa isasagawang malaking protesta sa Mendiola sa darating na Oktubre 21, kasama ang iba pang sektor, upang ipanawagan sa gubyernong Aquino ang pagpapatupad sa tunay na reporma sa lupa sa bansa.

Larawang kuha ni Jenny Haygood ng Ibon Foundation