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[Press Release] Paranaque urban poor to march to city hall – Alyansa ng Maralitang Pilipino

Some 100 informal settlers who were recent victims of violent demolitions marched today to the Paranaque City hall to call for a stop to the forcible eviction of the urban poor. The Alyansa ng Maralitang Pilipino (AMP) chapter in Paranaque led the march that assembled at 10:00 a.m. in Kabihasnan then proceeded to the city hall in Valley 1.

Ed Casuy, leader of the AMP-Paranaque, said that ‘We ask the local government of Paranaque for a moratorium on demolitions and evictions. There have been recent demolitions in the city which did not follow the procedures laid down in the law.”

Casuy revealed that on March 30 a violent demolition happened at the community of Cherry East Cul de Sac in Barangay Sun Valley, Paranaque that led to the injury of an old woman. “This is a private land inhabited by informal settlers who were illegally evicted without the processes required by law,” he clarified.

On the same day another demolition occurred at the back of the Lorenzana area at the Coastal Road in San Dionisio, Paranaque. Some 76 families were illegally evicted by the Philippine Reclamation Authority, the former Public Estates Authority, and another ten families are still threatened with demolition.

Casuy demanded that the relocation be provided to the displaced urban poor. The protesters brought with them placards with the messages “Moratorium sa Demolisyon at Ebiksyon, Ipatupad!” and “Marahas na Demolisyon at Ebiksyon, Ipatigil!”

Salvacion Hortilano the representative of the victims of violent demolition at the back of Lorenza said, “We ask Mayor Jun Bernabe and the City Council for a dialogue so they can hear our demands. If Lot 5155 in the coastal road is already under the jurisdiction of the City Government of Paranaque, we ask that a parcel of land be provided for the benefit of the informal settlers and not just of the few favored contractors of this administration.” She added, “What is the value of infrastructure projects funded by government money if the poor do not benefit from it?”

AMP is a coalition of urban poor organization in Metro Manila, Southern Tagalog and Central Luzon that is campaigning for a moratorium on demolitions, reforms in the housing policy and housing security of informal settlers. AMP is a participant in a consultation process initiated by a task force on housing headed by Secretary Jesse Robredo of the Department of Interior and Local Government. An output of the consultation process was an executive summary of urban poor demands and a draft order instituting a moratorium that has been forwarded to Malacanang.

Casuy explained that “All these demolitions and evictions are happening due to the fact that a draft executive order for a moratorium remains unsigned by PNoy. The more that PNoy delays signing the draft moratorium order, the more urban poor with be denied the right to decent and secure housing. Akala naming kami ang boss ni PNoy pero bakit wala siyang aksyon sa aming kahilingan at di niya tinototoo ang kanyang pangako?”

April 7, 2011
Alyansa ng Maralitang Pilipino
Contact Ed Casuy @ 09198082539

Urban Poor Ask Supreme Court to Order Compliance of RA 7279 in Manila Bay Clean Up

Source urbanpoorassociates.blogspot.com

Urban Poor Associates (UPA) filed on Thursday before the Supreme Court a motion to issue order for compliance with Republic Act 7279 prior to demolition and/or eviction of informal settlers. This is an appeal on the high court’s decision on the implementation of the Manila Bay clean up rendered last February 15.

The Court orders Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to come up with the lists of informal settlers living along the Pasig-Marikina-San Juan Rivers, the NCR (Parañaque-Zapote, Las Piñas) rivers and the Navotas-Malabon-Tullahan-Tenejeros Rivers and the LGUs outside Metro Manila for the list of informal settlers along Meycauayan-Marilao-Obando (Bulacan) rivers, the Talisay (Bataan) River, the Imus (Cavite) river, the Laguna De Bay and Connecting waterways.

The high Court even set a timeline up to December 31, 2012 and 2015 for the full implementation of the demolition of houses and removal of the informal settlers.

March 31, 2011
Urban Poor Associates

However, UPA and other other movants Community Organizers Multiversity (COM), Community Organization of the Philippine Enterprise (COPE), Kabalikat sa Pagpapaunlad ng Baseco (KABALIKAT), Ugnayan Lakas ng mga Apektadong Pamilya sa Baybaying Ilog Pasig (ULAP) and residents along Radial 10 (R10) Boulevard in Tondo, Manila, found the court’s resolution silent as to the observance and compliance of the Urban Development and Housing Act of 1992 (RA 7279) which lays down requisites before eviction and/or demolition is enforced.

In a fifteen-page motion, the urban poor group through their lawyer, Ritche Esponilla, stressed that the effort in the rehabilitation of the Manila Bay should not be at loggerheads with the basic [human] rights accorded to the underprivileged and homeless citizens guaranteed by the 1987 Constitution itself.

RA 7279 requires that urban poor whose houses are subject to demolition should be notified 30 days before. It also compels consultation and relocation to the affected underprivileged citizens, and without such compliance there must be no evictions or demolitions.

UPA said with the SC decision shanties of 129,606 urban poor families surrounding Manila Bay are in danger of being demolished without relocation.

“There is an urgent need that the Court issues an order for compliance of requisites set out by RA 7279 prior to demolition and/or eviction to protect the housing rights of the poor. While the clean up is valuable it must not come at the expense of displacing thousands of urban poor families already marginalized by society,” Atty. Esponilla said.

“We must also remember that the high Court already recognized that this endeavor (preservation of Manila Bay) cannot go against the right of those whose dwellings are in danger of being torn down. In its ruling on October 2009, it emphasized that it does not give the MMDA and other concerned government agencies the power to evict any individual from his or her home without first giving notice,” he added.

UPA said President Benigno Aquino III tasked Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to form a technical working group (TWG) that would study issues/concerns of the urban poor. This TWG is already working.

UPA field director Alicia Murphy concluded, “The waterways dwellers are working hard to implement their dream of on-site housing through the TWG. We even came up with a housing proposal along waterways designed by Palafox architects that would not interfere with the cleaning of Manila Bay and the Pasig river. We believe that efforts on restoring the beauty of Manila Bay must be equipped with a comprehensive and decent housing program for the welfare of the poor. In this way, we will be able to preserve lives – the life of the poor and the life of the Bay.

Spare us from cleanup, Manila Bay squatters urge high court – INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos

Spare us from cleanup, Manila Bay squatters urge high court – INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos.

By Jerome Aning
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Source: Inquirer.net, Filed Under: Philippines – Metro, Poverty, Environmental Issues, Judiciary (system of justice), Housing & Urban Planning, Human Rights

MANILA, Philippines—An urban poor group has called on the Supreme Court not to allow what it claimed was the illegal demolition of shanties of squatters living along the shores of Manila Bay and its major tributaries after the tribunal ordered government agencies to clean up the bay last month.

The Urban Poor Associates and other militant groups told the Supreme Court that it should ensure that all demolitions and evictions of squatters living on or along the bay complied with Republic Act No. 7279 or the Urban Development and Housing Act of 1992.

The groups pointed out that RA 7279 required that a 30-day notice be given to urban poor whose houses were to be demolished. They added that the law also compelled consultation with affected residents and their relocation, and that without such compliance, no demolition or eviction should take place.

“The effort to clean up Manila Bay should not be at loggerheads with the basic human rights accorded to the underprivileged and homeless citizens guaranteed by no less than the Constitution itself,” UPA lawyer Ritche Esponilla said in the petition.

The high court, in a decision on Feb. 15, ordered the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to come up by June 30 with the lists of squatters living along the rivers of Pasig, Marikina, San Juan, Paranaque, Las Pinas, Zapote, Navotas, Malabon, Tullahan and Tenejeros, all of which directly or ultimately drain into the Manila Bay.

The MMDA was also tasked to submit a plan for the removal of the squatters and the demolition of their shanties, which should be fully implemented not later than Dec. 31, 2015.

The Court also gave the same instructions to the local governments of Bulacan, Laguna, Bataan and Cavite in relation to the squatter communities along the Meycauayan, Marilao, Obando, Talisay and Imus rivers, which also drain into Manila Bay, and for those on Laguna de Bay and its connecting waterways.

The Manila Bay cleanup case stemmed from the suit filed by the Concerned Residents of Manila Bay led by lawyer and environmental activist Antonio Oposa Jr. before the Cavite Regional Trial Court in 1999.

The group had lamented the government’s continued neglect in cleaning up the bay, which is famous for its scenic sunset view. It is also the country’s busiest port and considered the finest harbor in the Far East.

The group won a landmark Supreme Court ruling in 1999 that ordered 12 government agencies to clean up Manila Bay, the country’s largest port, and regularly report their progress to the Court.

On Monday, Oposa filed a new civil action against 10 individuals who failed to comply with the Supreme Court’s ruling.

“I will withdraw the suit if they (government officials) swim in Manila Bay,” Oposa told GMANews.TV.

UPA said that with the Supreme Court directive, 129,606 urban poor families living along Manila Bay and its tributaries were in danger of being demolished without relocation.