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[Press Release] Labor enforcement reforms needed in wake of Paranaque construction accident -PM

Labor enforcement reforms needed in wake of Paranaque construction accident

The militant labor group Partido ng Manggagawa (PM) called for stronger labor enforcement and labor inspection reforms in response to the accident at a construction site in Paranaque last Wednesday that claimed the life of one worker and injured 15. “Heads must roll and justice must be served for the needless deaths and injuries to construction workers,” insisted Wilson Fortaleza, PM spoksperson, as he predicted that more accidents are due to happen with the current real estate boom.

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PM lambasted employers for cutting corners in occupational safety in order to raise profits and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) for the lax implementation of labor and safety standards. “While capitalists were scrimping on protection for workers and DOLE was sleeping on its job of enforcement, workers are dying in the workplace,” Fortaleza elaborated.

Ricardo “Boy” Marcaida, a construction worker who is acting president of the Samahan ng Manggagawa sa Komunidad (SMK) in Malabon, averred that “Accidents are not acts of divine providence that can be dismissed as unavoidable. Instead accidents are the result of unsafe acts and therefore preventable by strict enforcement of occupational safety and health and labor standards.” SMK is a legitimate labor organization registered with the DOLE which is affiliated to PM.

“Under the regime of the DOLE’s self-assessment program, the number of labor inspectors have shrunk from around 240 to less than 200 and the number of establishments inspected plummeted from 60,000 in 2003 to just 6,000 in 2010. Self-assessment means that the government is asking the wolf to guard the sheep. No wonder the sheep get slaughtered,” Marcaida criticized.

He recommended that “We propose that the DOLE deputize labor leaders as labor inspectors. In so doing the number of inspectors and inspections can be increase several fold overnight, enforcement can be strengthened immediately, and workers lives and limbs can be saved.”

Fortaleza added that “The DOLE has again been caught sleeping on the job. DOLE must review contractors and their principals for compliance not just with safety regulations but labor standards such as payment of minimum wages and benefits, observance of working hours and remittance of social security among others. Construction workers are among the most overworked yet underpaid of employees since they are generally unorganized.”

Press Release
October 5, 2013
Contact Wilson Fortaleza @ 09178233956
Partido ng Manggagawa Spokesperson

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[Press Release] Fisherfolk Call On Government: Save Philippine Fisheries, No to Reclamation of Manila Bay -PANGISDA

Fisherfolk Call On Government:
Save Philippine Fisheries, No to Reclamation of Manila Bay

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Manila— Fishermen from various towns surrounding Manila Bay, led by Progresibong Alyansa ng mga Mangingisda or PANGISDA marked Fisherfolk Day with a fluvial parade. The parade which traversed the length of Manila Bay from Navotas, Las Piñas,Parañaque, Baseco to Philippine Senate aims to highlight the current plight of fishers.

More than forty fishing boats and 400 participants joined the early morning fluvial parade/protest.

The group called on the Aquino administration to act promptly to save the livelihood of fishers and their families which are put at risk by the Manila Bay Reclamation Project and indiscriminate fishing done at bay areas.

According to PANGISDA, the Parañaque-Las Piñas Coastal Bay phase of the Manila Bay Reclamation Project will cover 414 hectares in Las Piñas and more than two hundred hectares in Parañaque and is expected to displace scores of fisherfolks and their families.

With the area cleared of fishers and the bay area reclaimed, high end residential, commercial, a golf course and even a casino would be put in their place. Residents of the area fear that floods will worsen once the bay area is reclaimed.

PANGISDA Chairperson Pablo Rosales pointed out that fisheries is an important component of agriculture, it is second to palay in accounting for growth in the agriculture sector. Unfortunately, rather than focusing on small or artisanal fishers, the focus is on large scale commercial fishing, which in turn adversely affects common fishing grounds, including bay areas which suffer from over-fishing.

Agriculture is 9.3 percent of GDP and contributed 0.6 percentage points to total GDP growth.

Rosales further pointed out that though their economic contribution is vital, small fishers are one of the poorest sections of society, with four out of ten fishermen considered ‘poorest of the poor’.

“We call on the Aquino government to prioritize small fishers starting with putting a stop to destructive projects like Manila Bay Reclamation,” ended Rosales.

The group later converged with members of Save the Fisheries Now Network in a short program at the Senate Parking Lot.

PRESS RELEASE
May 31, 2013
Reference: Vicente Madriñan (Chairperson PANGISDA Parañaque-Las Pinas) @ 09227689433
Pablo Rosales (Chairperson PANGISDA National) @ 09322862093

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[In the news] Families remember missing loved ones -INQUIRER.net

Families remember missing loved ones.

By Marielle Medina, Kate Pedroso,Inquirer Research, Philippine Daily Inquirer
November 1, 2012

Erlinda Malicdem still remembers the last words her husband, Jimmy, uttered in Filipino before the urban poor leader disappeared on Oct. 8, 1987: “When the time comes, you’ll understand what I’m doing.”

“He was always there when they needed him,” she told the Philippine Daily Inquirer in a phone interview. She was 29 when she last saw her husband, then 34, in Sucat, Parañaque City.

Now 54, Erlinda has been visiting Bantayog ng mga Desaparecido at Redemptorist Church in Baclaran, Parañaque, since the memorial was erected in 1994. Tomorrow (Thursday), she will be visiting with her three children and five grandchildren, and over 60 other families.

“The families come here every year because they have no tomb to visit on All Souls’ Day,” said Wilma Tizon, deputy secretary general of the Families of Victims of Involuntary Disappearance Inc. (FIND), an organization of families, friends and colleagues of the disappeared, as well as surfaced “desaparecidos” (disappeared).

FIND has documented 1,838 cases of disappearances since 1971. Nearly half of the cases (878) happened during the martial law regime of President Ferdinand Marcos.

“Every All Souls’ Day, we make it a point to visit the memorial to remember our loved ones,” Erlinda said.

She remembers Jimmy as a man for others. “Before he disappeared, every time somebody called on him for help, that person becomes his priority.”

“He’s been gone for a long time, but the pain is still there,” she said.

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[Statement] 7-11: Remembering the missing and the search for Justice -FIND

July 11, 2012

7-11: REMEMBERING THE MISSING AND THE SEARCH FOR JUSTICE

For the Families of Victims of Involuntary Disappearance (FIND), July 11 is a significant date.

Eleven individuals were forcibly taken and disappeared by suspected state agents on this date as documented by FIND. Of the 11 missing, one was surfaced and located.

Prominent among the eleven was Redemptorist priest, Fr. Rosaleo “Rudy” Romano who was last seen on July 11, 1985 in Tisa, Labangon, Cebu City, never to be found up to this day –27 years past. FIND remembers Fr. Rudy as among those who firmly stood for justice and courageously fought for the well being of the poor even during the repressive years of martial rule.

It was largely in Fr. Rudy’s honor that FIND and the Redemptorist community here and abroad constructed the Flame of Courage Monument that stands on a portion of the Redemptorist Church grounds in Bacalaran, Parañaque City.

The monument symbolizes the hope of the families’ untiring search and quest for justice. It is a tribute to those whose commitment for freedom, truth and justice expressed through working with the underprivileged in defending and asserting their human rights had been the reason they were abducted to silence and never to be found.

Since then; 27 years after Fr. Romano was taken against his will, 18 years since the unveiling of the Flame of Courage Memorial, enforced or involuntary disappearances persist in the Philippines. Not even President Noynoy Aquino’s rallying call for Filipinos to take the “matuwid na landas” (straight or righteous path) could deter perpetrators in committing the atrocious human rights violation of enforced disappearance.

To date, under the present Aquino administration, 17 cases have already been reported with 12 victims documented by FIND. The numbers could very well increase for as long as there is no definite national agenda on human rights and until legislative as well as a international treaty protecting the people from enforced disappearance are codified and acceded.

There is no better way to discourage the commission of such inhuman act than for the government and the Filipino people to unite and affirm its adherence to the universal standards of human rights.

Undoubtedly, expediting a bicameral conference to iron out and finalize the Anti-Enforced Disappearance Act of 2011 earlier approved by both Chambers and the signing and accession to the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance is one righteous path the government could take.

We challenge President Noynoy Aquino to lead and substantiate his pronouncements.
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Hulyo 11, 2012

7-11: PAG-ALALA SA MGA IWINALA AT ANG PAGHAHANAP NG KATARUNGAN

Para sa mga pamilya ng mga biktima ng sapilitang pagwawala (FIND), ang Hulyo 11 ay isang napakahalagang araw.

Sa mismong buwan at petsa na ito, may labing-isa ka tao ang dinukot at iwinala ng mga pinaghinalaang ahente ng estado ayon sa dokumento ng FIND. Sa 11 na iwinala, isa ang natagpuan at inilutang.

Kasama sa mga ito ay ang redemtoristang pari na si Fr. Rosaleo “Rudy” Romano na dinukot at huling nakita noong Hulyo 11, 1985 sa Tisa, Labangon, Cebu City na magpahanggang ngayon ay hindi pa rin natatagpuan —27 taon na ang nakalipas. Itinuturing ng FIND si Fr. Rudy bilang isa sa mga matibay na nanindigan sa ngalan ng hustisya at walang takot na nakikiisa at lumaban para sa kapakanan ng mga maralita maging sa panahon ng mapanupil na martial law.

Sa alaala ni Fr. Romano, kaya itinayo ng FIND kasama ang komunidad ng mga Redemptorista sa bansa maging sa ibayong dagat ang monumento ng Flame of Courage na matatagpuan sa loob ng simbahan ng Baclaran sa lunsod ng Parañaque.

Ang nasabing monumento ay simbolo ng katatagan at pag-asa ng mga kaanak sa kanilang walang pagod na paghahanap at pagkamit ng katarungan. Ito ay alay para sa lahat na naninindigan para sa kalayaan, katotohanan at hustisya, mga prinsipyo na kanilang binigyang anyo sa pamamagitan ng pakikibaka kasama ang mga pinagkaitan sa lipunan nang sa gayo’y karapatang pantao ay kilalanin at maisakatuparan na naging sanhi upang sila’y dukutin, patahimikin at di na muling matagpuan.

Mula noon, 27 taon mula nang si Fr. Romano’y tinangay laban sa kanyang kagustuhan at 18 taon mula nang buksan ang Flame of Courage Monument, ang sapilitang pagwala ay nagpapatuloy sa Pilipinas. Maging ang panawagan ni Pangulong Noynoy Aquino para sa lahat ng mamamayan na tahakin ang “matuwid na landas,” ay hindi nakatulong upang mapigilan ang mga insidente ng ganitong uri ng paglabag ng karapatang pantao.

Sa kasalukuyan, sa ilalim ng pamunuang Aquino, mayroon nang 17 kaso ang naiulat na may kasamang 12 biktima ang naitala. Ang mga bilang na ito ay maaari pa ring tumaas hangga’t ang pamahalaan ay walang malinaw na pambansang direksyon sa usaping karapatang pantao at walang mga nasyunal o internasyunal na pamantayan at kasunduan na naglalayong pangalagaan ang karapatan ng mamamayan na isinasabatas, sinasangayunan at nilalagdaan ng ating gobyerno.

Wala nang kasing-husay na pamamaraan upang pigilan ang mga nagnanais gumawa ng enforced disappearance maliban sa isang sama-samang pagkilos ng pamahalaan at ng sambayanang Pilipino at magkaisa sa pagkilala at pagpapatupad ng pandaigdigang pamantayan ng karapatang pantao.

Walang duda, ang pagpapabilis ng isang bicameral conference ng kongreso upang pag-isahin at pagtibayin ang Anti-Enforced Disappearance Act of 2011 na nauna ng inaprubahan ng dalawang kapulungan at ang paglagda at pagsang-ayon sa International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance ay tunay na hakbangin tungo sa isang matuwid na daan na dapat ay ginagawa na ng gubyerno.

Ito ang aming hamon kay Pangulong Noynoy Aquino, na ang mga pahayag na kanyang binitawan ay pangunahan at patotohanan niya.

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[Press Release] Metro Manila urban poor groups demand suspension of demolitions -KAMP

Metro Manila urban poor groups demand suspension of demolitions

In the face of an increased number of community demolitions and violent confrontations, some 500 members of urban poor groups in Metro Manila trooped to Mendiola this morning to demand that President Benigno Aquino III issue an Executive Order (EO) for the suspension of evictions.

The groups also called for another EO that will give a mandate to the Technical Working Group (TWG) on the urban poor that was formed in 2010 to manage the P10-B government fund allotted for the relocation of residents in danger zones in Metro Manila. The National Housing Authority (NHA) presently handles the fund but the agency’s only program is off-site relocation out of Metro Manila which is unacceptable to the urban poor groups.

The rallyists were led by Kilos Maralita (KM) and the Kampanya para sa Makataong Pamumuhay (KAMP). Some leaders of KM and KAMP proceeded to Malacanang and presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda received the groups’ petition and the two resolutions approved by the urban poor
council of the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) on the suspension of demolitions and P10-B fund.

The groups placed stress on the report of the Presidential Commission on the Urban Poor (PCUP) that in 2011, some 285 demolitions were conducted which affected 129,781 families. This was a huge jump from the 31 demolitions implemented in the last year of President Gloria Arroyo.

Of the demolitions in 2011, the PCUP reported that 143 were conducted in NCR which affected 62,034 families.

According to Teody Gacer, KM spokesperson, 70% of the demolitions were ordered by LGU’s in coordination with the NHA and 90% of the evictions were illegal since they did not follow requirements like census, certificate of compliance, due notice, consultation and lack of
relocation. Worse, Gacer said, seven of the demolitions ended in violence.

She also said that the report exposed the bankruptcy of LGU’s and the NHA to resolve the pressing concerns of the urban poor in a humane way. According to the groups, the failure is principally due to the lack of a new and clear direction by the Aquino administration on the housing needs of the urban poor.

PRESS RELEASE
05 June 2012
Contact: Bubuy Magahis
09228877634

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[In the news] Robredo: No more cops at demolitions -PhilStar.com

Robredo: No more cops at demolitions
By Cecille Suerte Felipe, The Philippine
April 30, 2012

MANILA, Philippines – After the violent demolition at the Silverio Compound in Paranaque City last week, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Robredo ordered the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) to refrain from extending police assistance to any demolition, pending a review of the law on informal settlers.

Robredo admitted that as DILG chief, he cannot stop any court from issuing demolition or eviction orders of informal settlers but he has the power to give orders to personnel of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

“For the meantime, I ordered NCRPO chief Director Alan Purisima not to extend any police assistance to plan demolition while a review on policy and law on demolition are being reviewed,” he said.

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[Press Release] Demolitions under PNoy grossly violates right to life, adequate housing of the poor – CTUHR

Demolitions under PNoy grossly violates right to life, adequate housing of the poor – CTUHR

The Center for Trade Union and Human Rights criticized the Aquino government for “grossly violating the poor’s right to life and right to adequate housing” as a result of violent demolition of homes of urban poor communities to favor “so-called development projects.”

In reaction to the death of Arnel Tolentino in a demolition last April 23 in Bgy. Silverio, Paranaque City, Arman Hernando, CTUHR documentation coordinator said, “demolition of urban poor communities purportedly to implement so-called development projects by the Aquino administration and local government units have resulted to gross violations of the poor’s right to life and adequate housing.”

“In our documentation and monitoring, Tolentino is already the fifth urban poor resident killed as a result of violent demolition or ongoing dispute over urban poor communities since Aquino took office in 2010. At the same time, more than 12, 000 of families have been affected and displaced to give way to ‘development’ projects which more often than not favor private interests.”

In 2011, four urban poor residents were killed in three separate incidents related to the demolition of urban poor communities. On July 23, Soliman Gomez and Rommel Fortade were killed in a violent demolition of homes in Pangarap Village in Caloocan City. Antonio Homo, a resident of Kadiwa Navotas City and Simeon Bayogbog of San Isidro Rodriguez, Rizal were also killed in March and October last year at the height of dispute over the planned demolitions of their respective communities.

The demolition in Bgy. Silverio resulting in the death of Tolentino, injury and arrest of many other residents was executed by the local government of Paranaque together with the Philippine National Police (PNP). According to reports, at around 8-9am on April 23, tension between the police and the residents who are barricading their homes to stop the demolition increased when the police reportedly started throwing teargas towards the human barricade of the residents. The residents retaliated by throwing stones at the policemen. A few moments later, gunshots were heard and Tolentino was later found drenched in blood and unconscious while some other residents found themselves also injured by gunshots. Thirty-three (33) residents were also arrested and later charged with various criminal charges.

“We mourn with the family of Arnel and we are one with them in their fight for justice. No development or government project can ever justify loss of lives and violation of rights. We call on President Aquino to conduct a speedy, thorough and impartial investigation of the incident. Police investigating their own ranks might result to whitewash and coverup. Police and government officials accountable for the violent turnout of the demolition should be penalized and brought to justice,” Hernando added.

“We also reiterate our call on the Aquino government to uphold the poor’s right to adequate housing and stop all demolitions of communities until a comprehensive housing policy that will truly bring development to the lives of the urban poor is put in place,” Hernando added

RELEASE
26 April 2012
For reference: Arman Hernando, CTUHR Documentation Coordinator, +63922.821.6283

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[In the news] Demolisyon ng mga bahay sa Metro Manila, ipinatigil muna ni Robredo -GMA News

Demolisyon ng mga bahay sa Metro Manila, ipinatigil muna ni Robredo.

April 28, 2012

Nagpatupad ng pansamantalang moratorium nitong Biyernes si Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Jesse Robredo sa paggiba ng mga bahay ng mga informal settler sa Metro Manila.

Sa isang pahayag, sinabi ng kalihim na mananatili ang moratorium habang isinasagawa ang pagrebisa sa lahat ng patakaran ng mga kinauukulang ahensiya na may kinalaman sa demolisyon kasama na ang Philippine National Police at local government units (LGUs).

Matapos ang isasagawang pagrepaso, kailangang magkaroon ng a “pre-demolition meeting” ang PNP, LGUs, National Housing Authority, mga may-ari ng gigibaing bahay, at iba pang stakeholders bago ipatupad ang anumang kautusan ng korte.

Ang kautusan ay ipinalabas ni Robredo upang maiwasan umano na maulit ang marahas na demolisyon na naganap sa Silverio compound sa Paranaque City nitong Lunes.

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[Press Release] Tucuma residents welcome suspension of demolitions but wants moratorium extended till housing program reformed -Tucuma Federation

Tucuma residents welcome suspension of demolitions but wants moratorium extended till housing program reformed

The residents of the depressed community of Tucuma in Barangay Merville, Parañaque who have been preparing to fight off an eviction heaved a sigh of relief and welcomed the temporary suspension of demolitions ordered by DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo hours after they held a rally and sought a dialogue with his office yesterday.

“We however call on Sec. Robredo to extend the moratorium till the housing and even jobs policy of the government is reviewed and reformed,” Ramil Asturias, Tucuma Federation president said. This was in reaction to reports that the suspension will only last until the regulations on demolitions are assessed and affirmed.

Leaders of Tucuma Federation together with residents of NIA compound in Quezon City and West Bicutan who face similar land disputes staged the rally and were met with a DILG official named Clarion Paz-Tanghal who received the letter on behalf of Sec. Robredo. Asturias appealed to Robredo to facilitate negotiations between Tucuma Federation, the landowner Molave Development Corporation and Parañaque Mayor Florencio Bernabe.

Renato Magtubo, Partido ng Manggagawa chairperson, supported Asturias’ position and said that “Suspending demolitions until new rules are drafted merely scratches the surface of the problem. The government needs to address the root cause of lack of housing for the poor. The housing program is tied up with the jobs and wages policy. The low wages in the country, as attested by a recent report of the ILO, means that the poor have barely enough income for food much less rent or amortization on housing.”

Magtubo announced that a long march or Lakbayan from Calabarzon to Manila will be held on the eve of Labor Day and banner the call “Stop to demolitions, Housing and jobs for all.” Some 400 workers, youth and poor from Cavite, Laguna and Batangas will march from Zapote early in the morning of April 30 then merge with a contingent from Metro Manila by 3:00 p.m. in Baclaran and stay overnight at the Holy Trinity Church in Balic-Balic. On May 1, the “Lakbayan para sa Pabahay at Trabaho” will join the huge 20,000-strong “historic” rally by the newly-formed Nagkaisa, which unites the country’s major labor center for the first time since the 1980’s.

Magtubo revealed that the number of informal settlers was estimated at half a million families by a HUDCC study in 2007 while the housing backlog is assumed to be 3.7 million units. “Tucuma’s fight is the fight of all. Decent housing is a right not a privilege of all Filipinos. Violent evictions must be prohibited. Land disputes must be resolved through negotiations without the threat of violence, deceit or bribery. Residents must be relocated to better living conditions to ensure that negotiations end peacefully in agreement,” he insisted.

Press Release
April 28, 2012
Tucuma Federation
Contact Ramil Asturias @ 09178092807

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[In the news] Militants welcome suspension of demolitions in NCR, but…-GMA News

Militants welcome suspension of demolitions in NCR, but….

April 28, 2012

Militant groups on Saturday welcomed the order by Department of Local and Interior Government Secretary Jesse Robredo to suspend demolitions in Metro Manila, following a violent confrontation that killed one and wounded 39 in Parañaque City last Monday.

But the Metro Manila chapters of Anakbayan and Kabataan party-list groups said that while Robredo’s decision is a “triumph of urban poor dwellers,” it may be too little too late.

“We welcome the DILG‘s decision to suspend all demolitions in Metro Manila. [But] this victory was won through the militant struggle of the urban poor dwellers,” said Kabataan Metro Manila spokesperson Mark Louie Aquino.

He was referring to the struggle especially by the residents of Silverio Compound in Parañaque City last April 23.

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[Press Release] Tucuma residents ask Robredo to intervene for expropriation of disputed land

Tucuma residents ask Robredo to intervene for expropriation of disputed land

A delegation of leaders from the Tucuma community in Barangay Merville in Parañaque staged a rally at the DILG head office and sought a dialogue with Secretary Jesse Robredo. A DILG official named Clarion Paz-Tanghal met with the Tucuma leaders and received the letter on behalf of Sec. Robredo. Ramil Asturias, Tucuma Federation president, said that “We asked Sec. Robredo to intervene and persuade Mayor Florencio Bernabe to stay the implementation of the demolition order and refile expropriation proceedings. It is not true that Mayor Bernabe’s hands are tied. The expropriation case was dismissed without prejudice, meaning the city hall can refile it once more. All it takes is political will.”

The Tucuma Federation leaders held the protest and then dialogue with Paz-Tanghal at around 10:00 a.m. in Quezon City in order to prevent another bloody eviction similar to the demolition at the Silverio Compound last Monday.

“We explained to the DILG that Mayor Bernabe is not powerless to do anything except demolish our homes. The local government’s expropriation case was dismissed without prejudice by the courts. This means that all Mayor Bernabe has to do is to refile the expropriation case against the Molave Development Corp which is headed by a certain Cynthia Tinitigan,” Asturias explained.

The Tucuma Federation is banking on City Ordinance 0013 s. 2000 which mandates the local government to buy the disputed land measuring some one hectare for the purpose of a socialized housing project for the informal settlers. Meanwhile some 1,000 families in Tucuma are on a 24/7 alert to defend their homes and livelihood against the expected demolition attempt.

Renato Magtubo, chairperson of the Partido ng Manggagawa, declared its support for the Tucuma Federation. He said “Tucuma’s fight is the fight of all. Decent housing is a right not a privilege of all Filipinos. Violent evictions must be prohibited. Land disputes must be resolved through negotiations without the threat of violence, deceit or bribery. Residents must be relocated to better living conditions to ensure that negotiations end peacefully in agreement.

He revealed that one of the demands to be raised in the coming May Day rally of workers is a moratorium on demolitions. A long march or “Lakbayan” of informal settlers and community youth from Calabarzon will start on April 30 and merge with the May Day rally. The Lakbayan will banner the call “Stop demolitions. Housing for all.” ###

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Mga residente ng Tucuma magsusumbong kay Sec. Robredo sa planong demolisyon ni Mayor Bernabe

Isang delegasyon ng mga lider mula sa komunidad ng Tucuma sa Barangay Merville sa Parañaque ang magtutungo ngayong umaga sa opisina ni DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo upang idulog ang kanilang kahilingang huwag ituloy ang demolisyon sa kanilang mga tahanan. “Kami ay umaapela kay Sec. Robredo na makialam at itulak si Mayor Bernabe na huwag ituloy ang demolisyon at sa halip ay ipatupad ng local government ang expropriation ng lupang tinitirikan ng aming mga bahay,” ani Ramil Asturias, presidente ng Tucuma Federation.

Magrarali ang mga lider ng Tucuma Federation sa pambansang opisina ng DILG mamayang 10:00 n.u. at makikipagdayalogo kay Robredo upang maiwasan ang madugong ebiksyon gaya ng naganap sa Silverio Compound noong Lunes.

“Ipapaliwanag namin kay Sec. Robredo na di totoong walang magagawa si Mayor Bernabe. Ang sinabi ni Mayor na natalong kaso ay dismissal without prejudice ng expropriation case. Ibig sabihin, ang kailangan lang gawin ni Mayor ay muling isampa ang expropriation proceeding,” diin ni Asturias.

Pinanghahawakan ng Tucuma Federation ang City Ordinance 0013 s. 2000 na nagsasaad na bibilhin ng local government ang humigit-kumulang isang ektaryang lupa para maging socialized housing project para sa informal settlers.

Samantala patuloy ang pagbabantay ng isang libong pamilya sa Tucuma sa bantang demolisyon na maaring maganap anumang oras. Nagpahayag sila ng kahandaang ipaglaban ang kanilang paninirahan at hanapbuhay.

Sinusuportahan naman ni Renato Magtubo, tagapangulo ng Partido ng Manggagawa, ang laban ng Tucuma. Aniya “Dapat ipagbawal ang mararahas na demolisyon. Lutasin ang mga usapin sa lupa sa kaparaanan ng negosasyon nang walang karahasan, panunuhol at panloloko. Isa sa hiling namin sa Mayo Uno ay moratorium sa mga demolisyon at pabahay para sa lahat.”

Press Release
April 27, 2011
Tucuma Federation
Contact Ramil Asturias @ 09178092807

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[Statement] Kinokondena ng KPML-NCRR ang nangyaring karahasan at pagpaslang sa naganap na demolisyon sa Silverio! -KPML

Kinokondena ng kpml-ncrr ang nangyaring karahasan at pagpaslang sa naganap na demolisyon sa Silverio!

Mahigpit naming kinokondena ang marahas na demolisyon sa aming mga kapatid na maralita sa Silverio Compound, sa Sucat, Parañaque na ikinamatay ng isang katao at ikinasugat ng humigit-kumulang apatnapung (40) katao. Sadyang kalunus-lunos ang nangyaring ito. Kaya kami sa Kongreso ng Pagkakaisa ng mga Maralita ng Lungsod (KPML-NCRR) ay taas-kamaong nagpupugay sa ginawang depensa ng mga kapatid naming maralita sa kanilang pakikibaka para sa kanilang karapatan sa pabahay at kinabukasan. Kinokondena namin ang marahas at brutal na demolisyon na naging sanhi ng pagkamatay ng isang maralitang 21 taong gulang at pagkasugat ng marami para depensahan ang kanilang tahanan, kabuhayan, kinabukasan, dangal at pagkatao.

Ilan pa ang dapat mamatay para magkaroon ng kasiguraduhan sa pabahay? Ilan pang demolisyon ang magaganap upang igalang ang karapatan ng bawat tao sa paninirahan? Ilan pang bato ang pauulanin ng maralita upang depensahan ang kanilang mga karapatang mabuhay?

Mahalaga ang negosasyon, bagamat sa negosasyon ay dehado lagi ang maralita kumpara sa mga may perang kayang bilhin kahit ang husgado at gobyerno. At ang gobyernong ito ni Noynoy Aquino ang pangunahing kakampi ng mga kapitalista para sa kanilang public and private partnership, na pag-unlad ng mga negosyo habang pinalalayas na parang mga daga ang mga maralita’t itinataboy sa malalayong lugar ang mga dukhang nakapupuwing sa mata ng negosyo’t ni Aquino. Walang awa sa mga mahihirap ang mga kapitalista’t gobyerno. Patunay ang maraming naganap na demolisyon kung saan nakikipagbatuhan ang mga maralita upang depensahan ang kanilang karapatan sa paninirahan, dangal, pagkatao, buhay at kinabukasan.

Sa maraming mga naganap na demolisyon, sa Laperal sa Makati, sa Mariana at sa North Triangle sa Quezon City, sa 9 de Pebrero sa Mandaluyong, sa Corazon de Jesus sa San Juan, R10 sa Navotas, at ngayon sa Silverio sa Parañaque, nakipagbatuhan at nakibaka ang mga maralita upang depensahan ang kanilang karapatan sa paninirahan. Sinuman ang tanggalan ng tirahan ay tiyak na lalaban. Tanggalan kaya ng maralita ng bahay si Pangulong Aquino? Idemolis kaya nating maralita ang bahay ng mga nagdedemolis? Tiyak na maghahalo ang balat sa tinalupan! Dahil mahalaga sa atin ang bahay, ang ating tinitirhan, ang pahingahan ng pagal nating katawan, ang tahanan ng ating mga anak! Kung bato ang ating pandepensa para ipagtanggol ang ating karapatan sa paninirahan, bakit hindi natin ito hahawakan at ibabato sa mga yumuyurak sa ating pagkatao!

Dapat magkaisa ang lahat ng maralita para labanan ang mga demolisyong patakaran ng kapitalista’t gobyerno. Hindi mga hayop tayong mga maralita, tayo’y mga taong may dignidad. Taong may karapatang mabuhay, taong may karapatang magkaroon ng magandang kinabukasan, taong masisipag bagamat naghihirap, taong nagsisikap para sa kinabukasan ng ating mga anak.

Dapat pag-aralan din ng maralita ang lipunang ating ginagalawan. Bakit nga ba kapitalismo ang sistema? At bakit sa ilalim ng kapitalismo, patuloy na naghihirap ang sambayanan? Simpleng kurapsyon lang ba ang problema na tulad ng elitistang pangulo? Bakit dapat mag-alsa ang mga maralita laban sa bulok na sistema ng lipunan? Bakit sa ilalim ng kapitalismo’y binabayaran ang bawat karapatan, tulad ng karapatan sa pabahay at karapatan sa kalusugan? May maaasahan ba tayong maralita sa mga tulad ng polisiya ni Aquino laban sa maralita, polisiyang kiling sa mga kapitalista kaysa mahihirap, patakarang para sa negosyo kaysa karapatang pantao?

Maralita, tapusin na natin ang panahon ng pananahimik at pagsasawalang-kibo. Panahon na upang magpasya tayo, di lang para sa ating sarili, kundi para sa kinabukasan ng mga susunod na henerasyon.

Mga kapatid na maralita, magkaisa laban sa karahasan sa ating hanay! Katarungan sa mga nasugatan at namatay sa demolisyon! Ipaglaban ang karapatan sa paninirahan!

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Press Statement
Ka Allan Dela Cruz
Pangulo, KPML-NCRR
Abril 24, 2012

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[Press Release] Urban poor group condemns violent Paranaque demolition, use of deadly force -Alyansa ng Maralitang Pilipino

Urban poor group condemns violent Paranaque demolition, use of deadly force

The urban poor group Alyansa ng Maralitang Pilipino (AMP) and the labor party Partido ng Manggagawa (PM) condemned the violent demolition at the Silverio Compound in Paranaque and assailed the use of deadly force by the police. “Heads must roll for the death of one resident from police gunfire and the brutality accompanying the arrest of scores protesters,” said Ramil Cangayao, spokesperson of the AMP. AMP is an alliance of urban poor associations in Metro Manila, Southern Tagalog and Central Luzon.

Meanwhile Renato Magtubo, PM national chair, asserted that “Violent evictions must be prohibited. Land disputes must be resolved through negotiations without the threat of violence, deceit or bribery. Residents must be relocated to better living conditions to ensure that negotiations end peacefully in agreement.”

Cangayao expressed the fear that violence may erupt once more in Paranaque since another demolition has been scheduled on Thursday at the Tucuma community in Barangay Merville. Ramil Asturias, president of the Tucuma Federation, declared that they will defend their community from any attempt at demolition.

The Tucuma residents are planning a rally at the Paranaque city hall tomorrow to appeal for a stop to the scheduled demolition. Tucuma Federation is an affiliate of the AMP.

Magtubo explained that one of the demands of the coming Labor Day rally is a moratorium on demolitions. Some 20,000 workers and urban poor under the umbrella of the newly-formed Nagkaisa will march along Espana to Mendiola to highlight the issues of job contractualization, low wages, high prices of oil and power and violent demolitions, among others. Some 40 labor organizations established the Nagkaisa, among them the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines, Federation of Free Workers, Alliance of Progressive Labor and PM.

Press Release
April 24, 2012
Alyansa ng Maralitang Pilipino

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[Press Release] TDC reminds schools on graduation rites

TDC reminds schools on graduation rites

The Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) calls on schools to abide by the DepEd rules on graduation rites after several reports that some schools are imposing the collection of graduation and other fees from their students reached its office.

According to Benjo Basas, the group’s national chairman, his organization agrees with the department in regulating such fees especially if it is imposed by the school authorities.
“Graduation, while calls for a celebration for most of the students and parents should not be extravagant and burdensome.” Basas said.

Basas said that many of public school students belong to the poor families who may not afford the fees. However, he recognizes the festive mode of some families who wishes the graduation day of their children to be special. “Some parents would be very happy for their children who accomplished secondary education especially those who may not well-prepared for tertiary schooling, thus they may want to see their kids wearing toga. In that case, we understand that if the parents would want to contribute or donate any acceptable and affordable amount for the graduation ceremonies then it would be all right as long as it is compliant of the rules set by the DepEd.” Basas explained. “But it should be an initiative from the parents of the graduating class or the PTA.” He added.

Aside from the graduation-related contributions, the TDC also received reports on other contributions being collected by some schools as clearance. The group said that according to a report from Mindanao, a particular school is asking a total of P1, 390.00 from their graduating students, the amount varies in other places. The group however noted that in most cases, the contributions are initiated by the parents themselves. In some areas like in Parañaque and Caloocan, chairs, sound system and togas are subsidized by the LGU.

“Parents donations can be considered a type of public-private partnership or community counterpart, an idea espoused by the DepEd, just like in the case of Brigada Eskwela, but contributions should always be reasonable and can never be mandatory.” Basas ended. #

NEWS RELEASE
March 9, 2012
Reference: Benjo Basas, Chairperson, 0920-5740241/ 3853437

[Photo blog] Kalbaryo ng Kawalan ng Katarungan

2011 Kalbaryo ng Kawalan ng Katarungan photo by Rommel Yamzon

Photo by Rommel Yamzon

“…let justice flow like a stream, and righteousness like a river that never goes dry.” (Amos, 5:24)

This was quoted in the Lenten statement of FIND we posted last week (See FIND statement).

To continuously call for justice, every Holy Wednesday, the Families of Victims of Involuntary Disappearance (FIND) annually hold their Lenten activity dubbed as Kalbaryo ng Kawalan ng Katarungan.  

Kalbaryo ng Kawalang Katarungan 2011 by FIND

Photo by FIND

Last April 20, 2011, they gathered again at the Bantayog ng mga Desaparecido, a monument located at the Redemptorist Church grounds in Baclaran, Paranaque City.

Photo by Rommel Yamzon 2011

Photo by Rommel Yamzon

The monument, which depicts a woman holding a torch along with a child carrying a picture of his father, immortalizes the undying hope of many families to be reunited with their disappeared loved ones.

It was unveiled on July 13,1994.  A long list of victims’ names are engraved in granite pannels surrounding the monument.  It was named the “Bantayog ng mga Desaparacidos.”

Kalbaryo ng Kawalang Katarungan 2011 by FIND

Members of Samahan ng mga Anak ng Desaparacidos (SAD) express their call for justice through cultural presentation. Photo by FIND

Kalbaryo ng Kawalang Katarungan(2) 2011 by FIND

Photo by FIND

Kalbaryo ng Kawalang Katarungan (3) 2011 by FIND

Photo by FIND

Kalbaryo ng Kawalang Katarungan (4) 2011 by FIND

Photo by FIND

Kalbaryo ng Kawalang Katarungan (5) 2011 by FIND

Mrs. Nilda Sevilla Lagman, Chairperson of FIND. Photo by FIND

HRonlinePH supports the relatives of victims of enforced disappearances and human rights advocates’ call for the immediate enactment of an Anti-Enforced Disappearance law that would criminalize this despicable crime and put perpetrators in jail.

[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?”

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