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[Urgent Appeal] Recent demolition and pending relocation of residents of Radial Road 10 North Bay Boulevard, Navotas City -TFDP

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URGENT APPEAL

July 7, 2015

(PHILIPPINES) Recent demolition and pending relocation of residents of Radial Road 10 North Bay Boulevard, Navotas City

ISSUES: The right to an adequate standard of living; right to adequate housing, right to water

Dear friends,

Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) writes to inform you about the recent demolition and pending relocation of residents of Radial Road 10 (R10) North Bay Boulevard, Navotas City.

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CASE DETAILS:

On June 30, 2015 at around 9:00 in the morning, residents of R10 North Bay Boulevard, Navotas City were taken by surprise as teams from the National Housing Authority (NHA), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Navotas Local Government and the hired demolition group started destroying their houses.

According to Anecita Sison, Secretary of the Purok R10 North Bay Boulevard North Neighborhood Association, Inc. and one of the residents there, a dialogue was set up between NHA, DPWH and the representative residents of R10 last June 1, 2015 regarding the impending demolition and the residents’ request for more time to relocate.  The dialogue ended with an agreement to continue the talks and with no word on the finality of the demolition schedule.

Some of the residents were still sleeping peacefully and others were at work when the demolition team started destroying the houses. Some residents were hurt as they panicked to gather their belongings and hurry out of the way of falling debris. Allegedly, some members of the demolition team stole properties of some of the residents. After the demolition, items like shoes and small things were unaccounted for. One member of the demolition team even allegedly snatched a watch from a resident’s wrist and did not return it.

Residents also reported that some members of the demolition team were violent towards the residents, pushing, threatening to hit and swinging at the pleading residents with their demolition tools such as hammers and crowbars. Items in stores owned by residents were also taken, along with the wood and galvanized iron sheets from their houses. Although the residents have requested for at least their store goods, these were still not returned. Some residents were also allegedly threatened with detention if they did not evacuate the demolition site immediately.

The residents are to be relocated in Pandi, Bulacan, which according to them is far from schools or markets; the temperature is too hot for a comfortable living owing to the large population of previously relocated informal settlers; the drinking water is from a water pump or poso; and the place is unsafe with crimes becoming more rampant recently.

Presently, the residents are staying in makeshift tents along the bridge of R10, which was given as a “staging area” or a temporary place the residents could stay before they are relocated.

CASE BACKGROUND:

The planned road widening project, demolition and relocation was first announced in 2010 and steps were taken immediately the following year. Upon finding that the relocation site was in Pandi, Bulacan, the residents led by the North Bay Boulevard North Neighborhood Association, Inc. drafted a People’s Plan – a proposal for acquiring a land more suitable for the relocation of R10 residents.

Via ocular, the North Bay Boulevard North Neighborhood Association, Inc. found a privately owned land in Norzagaray, Bulacan which is near the highway, schools, market and has electricity and water. The 4.6-hectare land is sufficient space to comfortably house 1,500 families.

Officers of the association held a meeting with the residents to inform them of the plan. The plan was approved by all and negotiations between the association and the owner started. The land is priced 37 million with a down payment of 7 Million. The association also made a way to come up with the money for buying the land. They asked assistance from different government agencies such as National Housing Authority (NHA), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC), Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP), Department of Interioe and Local Government (DILG), Commission on Human Rights  (CHR), Foundation for the Development of the Urban Poor (FDUP), and Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC), the latter granting loans for buying the proposed land.

SHFC allegedly could loan the residents 450,000 per family granted that they submit all the necessary requirements including the signed approval of the Norzagaray LGU for the relocation of the residents. This document should be a communication between Navotas and Norzagaray LGUs but allegedly, the Navotas LGU has not and continues not to help the residents.

In 2010, the LGU conducted a census tagging to determine the number of families that will be affected by DPWH’s road widening project. Nine hundred (900) families were identified at the time and listed.

The actual demolition happened this year, 2015, where according to Purok R10 North Bay Boulevard North Neighborhood Association, Inc., the last population estimate was 1,500 families. According to the residents, they were informed that the 2010 data would be the one used as basis for the distribution of financial aid. Since the LGU will only recognize the 900 families initially tagged, 600 families or an estimated 3,500 persons will not receive government aid and are at risk of not being recognized as claimants for relocation.

Up until now, the residents still cannot claim the promised aid because of the numerous requirements such as birth certificates of each of the family members, two valid I.D.s, marriage certificate, police clearance, barangay clearance, etc.

The residents complain that they have been passed around from DPWH to NHA to LGU when they sought dialogues and proposed plans for moving the residents.

REQUESTED ACTION:

PLEASE SEND LETTERS TO THE CONCERNED GOVERNMENT AGENCIES TO BRING TO THEIR KNOWLEDGE THE INJUSTICE SUFFERED BY THE RESIDENTS OF R10 NAVOTAS DURING THE DEMOLITION AND TO ENSURE AND GUARANTEE THAT THEY RECEIVE DUE ASSISTANCE FROM ALL CONCERNED.

Thank you.
Task Force Detainees of the Philippines

SAMPLE LETTER:

Dear _____________,

Greetings!

This is to express my grave concern regarding the recent demolition and pending relocation of residents of Radial Road 10 North Bay Boulevard, Navotas City.

I have learned that the residents’ houses have been demolished and that they are currently staying in makeshift tents along the bridge of R10 and that that during this demolition, many of the residents allegedly experienced harassment.

I have learned of the residents’ concerns regarding the planned relocation area in Pandi, Bulacan and their efforts to find a more suitable replacement which is safer, and would have all the means for comfortable and healthy living.

I have also learned that the community’s initiative in acquiring their proposed relocation area has been taken lightly and that they have not been given proper assistance despite their efforts to have dialogues and to work with different concerned agencies.

I am writing to ask for immediate action in favor of the residents of the Radial Road 10 North Bay Boulevard, Navotas City:

1.            For the security and safety of the residents.

2.            For the immediate and impartial investigation on the alleged harassments experienced by the residents under the demolition team.

3.            For the residents be given proper assistance in their initiative (People’s Plan).

Thank you.

Respectfully yours,

_______________________

PLEASE SEND LETTERS TO:

1.      His Excellency Benigno Simeon Aquino III
President, Republic of the Philippines
Malacanang Palace, JP Laurel Street,
San Miguel, Manila1005 Philippines
Tel: +6327356201/5641451 to 80
Email: corres@op.gov.ph/opnet@ops.gov.ph

2.      Secretary Rogelio L. Singson
Department of Public Works and Highways
Bonifacio Drive Port Area, Manila, Philippines
Tel.:+632-304-3300
Email: singson.rogelio@dpwh.gov.ph

3.      Secretary Manuel A. Roxas II
Department of Interior and Local Government
EDSA corner, Quezon Avenue, Diliman,
Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Tel.: 925-0030; 925-0331; 925-0332 Fax
Email: mar@marroxas.com

4.      General Manager Atty. Chito M. Cruz
National Housing Authority
Elliptical Road, Diliman, Quezon City
Philippines
Tel.: 921-7828; 922-2460; 9222058 Fax

5.      Secretary Jose Eliseo M. Rocamora
National Anti-Poverty Commission
Water System Training Center,
Local Water Utilities Administration,
MWSS-LWUA Complex, Katipunan Avenue,
Quezon City 1105 Philippines
Tel.: 927-9816 / 426-3652 / 426-5249 (telefax) Local Lines: 127 / 148 / 141
Email: info@napc.gov.ph

6.      Chairman/CEO Hon. HERNANI B. PANGANIBAN
Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor
4th floor, DHC Bldg. 1115 EDSA,
Project 7, Quezon City
1105 Philippines
Telefax:  (02) 410-46-91

7.      Mayor John Reynald M. Tiangco
LOCAL GOVERNMENT NAVOTAS
Tel.: (632)281-8602; 281-8861 F
Email: http://www.navotas.gov.ph

8.       Mayor Alfredo DG. Germar
LOCAL GOVERNMENT NORZAGARAY, BULACAN
Municipal Government of Norzagaray, Bulacan
Norzagaray, Bulacan 3013 Philippines
Tel.: +63(44) 694-7950

9.      Commission on Human Rights (CHR)
SAAC Bldg., Commonwealth Avenue,
U.P. Complex, Diliman, Quezon City,
Philippines
Tel: +63 2 928 5655, +63 2 926 6188
Fax: +63 2 929 0102

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[Press Release] Anti-Poverty group reiterate demand of full-disclosure of DAP projects’ details, says devil is in the details -KPML

Allege Massive Cronyism in DAP-infused Projects
Anti-Poverty group reiterate demand of full-disclosure of DAP projects’ details,
says devil is in the details

AN URBAN poor group called on Palace officials to reiterate their call for the full disclosure of the details of projects infused with Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) funds. They specifically wanted to know which companies were awarded with contracts stimulated by DAP.

KPML

The Kongreso ng Pagkakaisa ng Maralitang Lungsod (KPML) believes that the companies which were granted projects fueled with juggled public funds are heavily-connected with President Benigno Aquino III, they allege that they are either corporations identified with close associates and relatives.

Secretary Butch Abad of the Budget Department recently released a list containing 101 projects worth P144.4 billion that were implemented between 2011 and 2013 with the supposed economic stimulus program.

“The fiscal abuse hatched by the Palace could easily translate to anomalous and highly-dubious transactions since it did not go through budget deliberations in Congress for scrutiny. If not, then why did they not go through standard operating procedure and be a fiscal dictator,” said KPML leader, Orly Gallano.

“The fleshy features of each transaction using DAP funds are what the people want to know. As the most religious taxpayers, we have the right to know where our taxes were spent, how and to whom they were awarded. The devilish side of DAP lies in the details,” he asserted.

Despite the clamor for disclosure the Palace officials have not budged despite the obvious discrepancies with the document they submitted before the Supreme Court before it was declared unconstitutional and those recently released.

Documents submitted before the high court indicated that the Palace spent more than P177 billion.

The urban poor leader alleged that, “No amount of sanitizing could hide the fact that the DAP was used for political patronage, undermining of supposed co-equal branches of government, corruption and amassing of wealth of Aquino cronies and relatives through anomalous deals”.

“The more Aquino and Abad refuse to heed the demands of the people for full disclosure and deny the people justice, will only fuel their emotions and heighten the clamor for his ouster and establishment of a political system that will genuinely serve the interest of the nation’s poor majority,” Gallano added.

The KPML together with ally Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino just recently announced that they are now calling for the ouster of Aquino and the establishment of a government of the masses and not the constitutional takeover of the Vice President.

The groups vows to mobilize thousands of its members and affiliates on July 28, Aquino’s 5th State of the Nation Address.

Press Release
19 July 2014
Contact Person:
Orly Gallano 0999 9552046
Kongreso ng Pagkakaisa ng Maralitang Lungsod

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[In the news] 41,000 informal settlers in Cebu City wait for land | Sun.Star

41,000 informal settlers in Cebu City wait for land | Sun.Star.
By Razel V. Cuizon, http://www.sunstar.com.ph
April 12, 2014

CEBU CITY — Years after the City Government started distributing lots to homeless constituents under its socialized housing program, at least 41,000 informal settlers are still awaiting relocation.

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Some of the beneficiaries who have settled in some of the city’s socialized housing sites have started a new life in the upland barangays.

Records from the Division for the Welfare of the Urban Poor (DWUP) showed that some 10,000 of the total estimated number of informal settlers used to live beside creeks or in the easement zones of the rivers, which were considered as danger zones.

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[Literary] Mga taong pagong ni Gregorio V. Bituin Jr.

MGA TAONG PAGONG
ni Gregorio V. Bituin Jr.

dahil sa karalitaan, kawalan ng tahanan
naglipana ang mga taong pagong sa lansangan
usong-usong yaong karitong nagsilbing tirahan
bawat kariton, isang pamilya ang nananahan

usong-usong ang bahay saan man sila magpunta
modernong pagong nitong lungsod kung tawagin sila
saang panig man ng kalunsuran ay makikita
sa gobyerno’t mayayaman, sila’y puwing sa mata

bakit sa kabila ng laksang kaunlaran ngayon
marami pa ring naghihirap, naging taong pagong
sila ba’y dinemolis kaya bahay nila’y usong?
laging tinataboy dahil bahay nila’y kariton

dukha ka man, karapatan natin ang magkabahay
di tulad ng usong na karitong gigiray-giray
nais nati’y bahay na mapapaghingahang tunay
di tulad ng karitong di naman totoong bahay

Source: GregStar AlwaysSomewhere @ Facebook

[Featured Photo] Homeless after forced eviction in San Juan City

Hundreds Left Homeless During Forced Eviction of Settlers
Photo blog by Rommel Yamzon, Life in a box

Photo by Rommel Yamzon

Around 300 houses were destroyed by the demolition crew during forced eviction of residents in Barangay Corazon de Jesus, San Juan City happened on January 11, 2012.

More photos @ rommelyamzon.blogspot.com

[In the news] DSWD to prioritize housing units for ‘Sendong’ victims – PhilStar.com

DSWD to prioritize housing units for ‘Sendong’ victims
By Evelyn Macairan, The Philippine Star
January 08, 2012
 MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) yesterday said they would prioritize families with children, pregnant women or with those with sick members in the housing program for victims of tropical storm “Sendong.”

In a statement, Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman said that priority would be given to families with small children, pregnant and lactating mothers; surrogate parents of orphaned children living in evacuation centers and damaged houses; families whose houses were damaged and whose heads of household died or were incapacitated as a result of the disaster, and families with members who are seriously ill or with special needs.

Under the program, the beneficiaries will be provided with structurally strong shelters constructed in the relocation site. These houses can withstand wind with a velocity of up to 220 kilometers per hour and an intensity four earthquake.

Social workers from the local governments validated the beneficiaries for the core shelter program.

In Cagayan de Oro, eight temporary relocation sites for typhoon victims have been set up. These are located in Calaanan, Lumbia, Agusan Elementary School, Mandumol basketball court, Buena Oro covered court, Camaman-an Covered Court, Fatima Parish Hall and Mt. Carmel Church.

Two permanent relocation sites were also set up in 9.5 hectares of land in Calaanan and five hectares in Lumbia.

In Iligan City, three permanent relocation sites were identified. These are in eight hectares of the property of the National Steel Corporation, three hectares in Sta. Filomena, 14.4 hectares in Sta. Elena.

A temporary relocation site was put up in the Integrated Bus Terminal in Barangay Tambo.

Read full article @ www.philstar.com