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Philippines, Kadamay greets Habitat Month by joining International Zero Eviction Day, slams new infrastructure projects

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The national alliance of urban poor greets October with protests nationwide as part of the International Habitat Month, together with members of the International Alliance of Inhabitants (IAI). The mobilization marks the fight for Zero Eviction in different communities. Simultaneous mobilizations will also occur in Taiwan, Italy, Malaysia, Korea among others. Kadamay also sent out its solidarities to urban poor movements around the world.

As demolitions and forced evictions aggravate, hundreds of thousands of families worldwide face the peril of homelessness. In the Philippines, the prominent Sitio San Roque barricade that protected homes from the demolition serves as a reminder that no forced eviction shall take place in communities, as long as the government remains neglectful of the housing rights of the people. Until today, more than 7,000 families face threat of forced eviction to give way for the Quezon City Central Business District—the P65-billion joint venture of the LGU, NHA, and Ayala Land.

“Sa kasalukuyan ay nahaharap pa rin ang mga komunidad sa demolisyon at pagpapalayas para bigyang daan ang sabwatan ng administrasyon at ng malalaking korporasyon para sa pagpapayaman! Samantalang ang taumbayan, naghihirap na nga at walang tirahan, pinagkakakitaan pa,” National Chairperson Gloria “Ka Bea” Arellano said.

Arellano reiterates that in addition to that, communities also face the burden of Build, Build, Build (BBB) of the Duterte administration. Campaigned as “the golden era of infrastructure”, but to urban poor it is nothing but widespread demolitions and forced evictions with no relocations.

The NLEX 8.2, that will connect C-5 Road to Commonwealth Ave. in NLEX through Mindanao Ave, will affect 50,000 families, 8 barangays in Quezon City and one in Valenzuela. It clearly shows as a project for private corporations and nothing for communities the government should serve welfare. The project will also offer virtually no relocation for the affected residents as the budget for housing will be slashed drastically.

“Ang agenda ni Duterte ay Build, Build, Build sa mga kasosyo at gahamang negosyante. Sa maralita naman ay Destroy, Destroy, Destroy! Sisirain at palalayasin ang komunidad ngunit walang matinong programa sa pabahay. Hindi na nakuntento sa bilang ng homeless, at plano pang paramihin. Kaya kaming maralita ay lumalaban ngayon ng Zero Eviction kontra sa forced eviction ng rehimen!” Arellano added.

Reference:  Michael Beltran 09554571061, Gloria Arellano, KADAMAY National Chairperson – 09213927457


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