PRESS RELEASE (28 November 2011)
KALIPUNAN NG DAMAYANG MAHIHIRAP-QC
Reference: Sisel Cari, Kadamay QC chairperson (09228761807)
QUEZON CITY, Philippines—Residents of Sitio Looban, Brgy Kaligayahan ask the local government of QC: “If the urban poor are to benefit from city’s socialized housing program, then why do we have to leave our homes to give way to housing project that only a few can avail of?”
Families from Sitio Looban were given until yesterday, Nov 27, by the Novaliches District Center administrator Taddy Palma to vacate their homes. The expected demolition today will affect not more than 12 families of the more than 300 families that are living at the planned site of Bistek Ville II, a housing program of the local government.
Most of the affected residents are not qualified to avail of the said housing program for they are not SSS nor Pag-Ibig member. “Even if we get qualified, how can we afford the P2,400 monthly amortization for a single unit?,” asks Virginia Restua, Kadamay leader in Sitio Looban.
In a press conference, the residents lambast the anti-poor character of QC’s socialized housing programs. Virginia Restua, leader of Sitio Looban Neigborhood Associaton-Kadamay, says, “It is clear to us who will benefit from the demolition of our homes, only the claimants of our land and developers like Phinma who are in connivance with the local government to evict us from our community.”
A mass is held at the community barricade as the residents wait for the demolition team. According to their leader, the residents of Sitio Looban have long been preparing for the worst to come, even if the Christmas season is up coming. “The QC demolition men do not care whether its Christmas time or not, with or without court order, so we have prepared our 3-layer of human barricade to fend them off our community,” Restua says.
“We call on Herbert Bautista to stop pretending to be pro-poor. Stop using the urban poor to sugarcoat his anti-people and pro-capitalist programs, which include the Socialized Housing Tax ordinance. We believe QC is the worst place for an urban poor family to live in, despite the fact that it is one of the riches cities in the country,” says Sisel Cari, chairperson of Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay)-Quezon City Chapter.
With two other communities in QC facing threat of demolition today, in Sitio San Roque along Agham road and BIR village along BIR road, Carlito Badion, convenor of Alyansa Kontra Demolisyon says the agony of the urban poor only worsens as the government continues its demolition rampage of urban poor communities in favor of the big businesses. “We challenge the national government to stop the demolition of homes of urban poor communities nationwide, and that justice be served for those who become victims of the greed of the few,” Badion ends. “The urban poor have suffered long enough.”###