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[Tula] Panawagan ng Maralita | ni Greg Bituin Jr.

Panawagan ng Maralita

tingni ang tarpolin nila’t kaytinding panawagan
na talagang ikaw mismo’y mapapaisip naman
krisis daw sa pagkain, trabaho at kabuhayan
ay marapat daw lutasin para sa mamamayan

ipaglaban din ang karapatan sa makatao
at abot kayang pabahay, panawagang totoo
pahayag nilang ito’y tumitimo sa puso ko
na di sila dapat maapi sa panahong ito

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[Statement] The COVID-19 pandemic and the urban poor: a call to action -SALIGAN

THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC AND THE URBAN POOR:
A CALL TO ACTION

An Open Letter to the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases and Its Member Agencies

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about a myriad of crises among the urban poor in the Philippines. With rising COVID-19 cases in major urban centers and with the government’s recent declaration of a quarantine extension that still puts highly urbanized areas like Cebu City and Mandaue City under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) and the National Capital Region (NCR), Laguna, and Bulacan under Modified ECQ (MECQ), urban poor families are facing more risks and experiencing ever-increasing vulnerabilities.

Lack of access to testing and dense populations have particularly exposed urban poor communities to the risk of infection. Cramped in small shanties with very limited space for movement and with houses made of makeshift materials, physical distancing and home quarantine protocols are impossible to follow in most urban poor households. Overcrowded and with limited access to water and sanitation, urban poor communities are vulnerable to various health issues, including the unrestrained spread of COVID-19.

Job insecurity and loss of livelihood, coupled with lack of access to basic services, have pushed many urban poor families to extreme poverty. For two months now, most of the families have limited or zero income. The situation has exacerbated the insecurity and inflexibility of urban poor livelihoods and jobs. Informal sector workers and daily wage earners are immediately affected by the restrictions in movement and have narrow options in terms of alternative work arrangements. Families relying on microenterprises have used up their savings and working capital for their day-to-day needs during the quarantine.

Urban poor organizations have pointed out the inadequacy of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP). A significant number of vulnerable families and individuals have not been included in the lists and the selection process has resulted in conflict among community members, community leaders, and barangay officials. While local government units (LGUs) attempted to provide food assistance to families, food aid from government and CSOs has already dwindled on the third and fourth week of the community quarantine. The ban on public transportation without workable alternatives has disadvantaged poor frontline workers, workers in essential industries, patients requiring regular medical attention, and urban poor pass holders going out to buy food and medicine.

Human rights abuses and arrests related to quarantine violations of the urban poor have been documented by different human rights groups. Meanwhile, domestic and gender-based violence and child abuse have worsened, with victims trapped at home with their abusers. The pandemic has also taken its toll on the psychosocial wellbeing of urban poor families. Children especially suffer in the midst of uncertainty and insecurity.

Indeed, the vulnerabilities of the urban poor are manifold: first, to the virus; second, to hunger; third, to abuse; and fourth, to fear and anxiety. Without a vaccine, treatment, or cure in sight, immediate, inclusive, and comprehensive government intervention is required. The crises faced by the urban poor cannot be solved by enhancing or modifying community quarantines alone. Enhancements and modifications to the government’s health and social amelioration programs and services are also necessary. They are a matter of life and death.

It is in this light that we, the undersigned civil society organizations, advocates, and members of the academe, urge the IATF for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases to consider adopting the following measures:

1) Conduct free mass testing in urban poor communities and, consequently, contact tracing of confirmed COVID-19 cases. Provide additional Temporary Treatment and Monitoring Facilities (TTMFs) and Local Isolation and General Treatment Areas for COVID-19 Cases (LIGTAS COVID) Centers as well as additional beds, food, water, sanitation facilities and equipment, and basic services for existing facilities and centers.

2) Automatically include all registered beneficiaries of the Urban Development and Housing Program, all qualified non-Pantawid urban poor households based on the guidelines of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and all families in National Housing Authority (NHA) Resettlement Sites, including non-traditional families and households, in the SAP. SAP allocation per community should be based on the actual number of families living there. Masterlists of registered beneficiaries and data on resettlement sites are immediately available at LGUs, homeowners’ associations (HOAs), people’s organizations (POs), and NHA.

3) Halt the incidence of hunger and fast-track the distribution of Food and Non-Food Items (FNIs) in urban poor communities. Augment the capacity of lower-income cities and municipalities to sustain the daily needs of big communities under their care.

4) Set up Mobile Palengke, Botika, and Family Clinics especially in communities that are far from city and municipal centers, marketplaces, and commercial areas. HOAs can help in the management of these initiatives.

5) Distribute face masks, alcohol, disinfectants, thermal scanners, and personal protective equipment (PPE) for community leaders who serve as frontliners in their communities, especially those with high numbers of COVID-19 cases.

6) Ensure sufficient water supply in all urban poor communities, especially in informal settlements and resettlement sites. In communities with limited access to washing and drinking water, water delivery and distribution should be undertaken.

7) Include programs and services for child protection and addressing domestic and gender-based violence as a core component of the government’s response to the pandemic, with sufficient resources and attention at national and all local levels. Facilitate the access of victim-survivors of domestic and gender-based violence and child abuse and exploitation to law enforcement, safety and security, legal assistance, and support services. This may be done by connecting the 911 Emergency Hotline to barangay violence against women (VAW) desks and women and children’s desks of the Philippine National Police (PNP), and allocating spaces that may serve as safe houses for victim-survivors. Barangay Councils for the Protection of Children (BCPCs) should also be activated to address child abuse and exploitation and domestic and gender-based violence alongside VAW desks. Existing protocols and guidelines for handling cases involving children should be promoted and popularized, and codes of conduct for the protection of children from abuse and maltreatment should be adopted by the PNP and LGUs.

8) Ensure the continuous access of children and adults to local healthcare services and facilities for nutrition, immunization, sexual and reproductive health, common illnesses, and mental health. All local healthcare workers must be provided with PPE. Physical distancing and regular disinfecting should be ensured in all health centers and facilities. The telemedicine program of the Department of Health (DOH) should also be made more accessible to children and adults in urban poor communities.

9) Undertake popular education and information campaigns to raise awareness and improve knowledge on COVID-19 and physical distancing and other measures in urban poor communities. Modules and materials for these campaigns should be age-appropriate, easily understandable, and accessible to PWDs.

10) Provide, in partnership with the private sector, free access of urban poor communities to the Internet as a crucial source of advisories and correct information related to the pandemic and the government’s programs and services. In this connection, measures to prevent online harassment and online sexual abuse and exploitation must also be adopted.

11) Reaffirm respect for human rights and human dignity as a policy of the State, especially in engaging and dealing with individuals suspected of violating the law to earn a living, to secure food, medicine, and basic necessities, and to air grievances. No individual suspected of violating the law should be physically or psychologically tortured or humiliated, or receive cruel, degrading, or inhuman punishment. Law enforcement protocols during the community quarantine should be exercised humanely and in accordance with principles of maximum tolerance, proportionality, and nondiscrimination.

12) Institute accessible and inclusive participation and feedback mechanisms at national and local levels especially for the urban poor and other vulnerable sectors, e.g. older persons, children, women, LGBT persons, and PWDs. Barangays should convene safe and regular consultations with community groups and organizations, such as HOAs, people’s organizations, and sectoral groups, for two-way feedback and inclusive recommendations on policies and concerns at the community level. Partnerships with CSOs working with different sectors should be built and strengthened to develop an inclusive whole-of-government approach that protects the vulnerable.

Signed:

Sentro ng Alternatibong Lingap Panlegal (SALIGAN)
Contact: JC Tejano | tejano@saligan.org

Associates of the Urban Poor, Inc.

Community Organizers Multiversity

Save the Children Philippines

Joly Homes Foundation, Inc.

Urban Forum PH

Samahan ng Mamamayan – Zone One Tondo Organization (SM-ZOTO)

Koalisyon Ng Mga Samahan Ng Taga-Balagbag, Inc.

Bagong Pag-Asa ng Taytay Homeowners Association, Inc.

Dr. Mary Racelis
Research Scientist, Institute of Philippine Culture; and
Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, School of Social Sciences
Ateneo de Manila University

Michael Lim Tan, PhD
Professor Emeritus
University of the Philippines Diliman

Edilberto C. de Jesus
Professor Emeritus
Asian Institute of Management

Agnes M. Brazal, PhD
Chair, Theology and Religious Education Department
De la Salle University

Randy Tuano
Assistant Professor, Economics Department
Ateneo de Manila University

Anna Marie A. Karaos
Associate Director
John J. Carroll Institute on Church and Social Issues

Skilty C. Labastilla
Department of Interdisciplinary Studies
Ateneo de Manila University

Athena Charanne R. Presto
Instructor, Department of Sociology
University of the Philippines Diliman

Simone Marie Sales
Department of Anthropology
University of the Philippines Diliman

Jennifer Kleskie
University of the Philippines Diliman

Noelle de Jesus

Deborah Nieto

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[Tula] Isa-isa nilang inuubos ang maralita -ni Greg Bituin

Isa-isa nilang inuubos ang maralita
Tila baga masakit sa mata ang mga dukha
Itinitimbuwang na lang ang mga walang-wala
Gipit na nga’y ginigipit, dukha’y isinusumpa
Iniisip bang krimen at droga’y di na lumala?

Laksa ang pinaslang, kayraming nasayang na buhay
Ang karapatang mabuhay ay hinayaang tunay
Naglipana sa komunidad ang maraming bangkay
Gamit ang kapangyarihan, dukha’y pinagbibistay
Pinurga ang dalita’t pinasok sa bahay-bahay

Adik sa droga’y parang kuto lang na tinitiris
Mga tao’y naligo sa sariling dugo’t pawis
Adik sa pagpatay na dulot ay lumbay at hapis
Mga taong tingin sa krimen ay dapat mawalis
Aktibong durugin ang mga naglipanang ipis

Sa mga nangyari, hustisya’y sigaw ng pamilya
Labag sa karapatan pagkat buhay ang kinuha
Ang paglilitis, tamang proseso’y balewala ba?
Na asam na katarungan kaya’y makakamtan pa?
Gumising ka, bayan, pigilan na ang pagdurusa!

– gregbituinjr.

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[Press Release] Children from shanty towns present Noynoy their Christmas wishes – SM-Zoto/KPML

Children from shanty towns present Noynoy their Christmas wishes

AS THE Simbang Gabi heralds the commencement of the yuletide season for many Filipinos and with just eight days before Christmas Day, indigent children accompanied by their parents from the Metro’s urban poor communities belonging to anti-poverty groups Samahan ng Mamamayan-Zone One Tondo Organization (SM-ZOTO) and Kongreso ng Pagkakaisa ng Maralitang Lungsod (KPML) conveyed to President Noynoy Aquino their Christmas wishes through carols and letters.

SM Zoto KPML

They groups bewailed that their families shall be celebrating a paskong-tuyo or a poor man’s Christmas for they could not afford even a decent Noche Buena this Christmas due to their low wages and contractual work. They also claimed that they shall only have their usual fare for the traditional Christmas dinner and their children will as well subsist with hand-me-down clothes and toys.

At their young age, the carolers lamented the neck-deep poverty they are suffering because of the government’s economic policies which according to their statement to media is “not only reinforcing their wretched plight but unceasingly pushing to them to other vulnerabilities”.

“We could no longer shield our children from the harsh realities brought about by President Aquino’s rabid adherence to the reign of private corporations hoarding over basic social services. Our everyday needs are becoming more challenging as Christmas Day nears,” SM-ZOTO president, Orly Gallano revealed.

The carolers also brought with them a replica of an urban poor house to demonstrate their unchanged miserable condition despite of Aquino’s fifth Christmas as president and colorful lanterns with their demands that they hang on the gate of the President’s residence.

“This is already the fifth Christmas with Aquino at the helm but even the slightest reforms that may concretely bring about the barest changes that will uplift our condition is quickly fading from our sights,” Gallano rued.

The community leader sternly believes that there is no more hope in the horizon since by next year Aquino and his cohorts in the Senate and Batasan Pambansa will be busy politicking and gaining media mileage instead of addressing the most pressing issues affecting the majority of Filipinos.

For Anthony Barnedo spokesperson of the socialist Kongreso ng Pagkakaisa ng Maralitang Lungsod, “the recent granting of emergency powers to Aquino is but a manifestation and arrogantly display of his fidelity to the business interests of powerful elite clans that control the power industry, countering all his previous and pretentious declarations”.

He likewise averred that Aquino’s undeniable bias for the elite is more than enough for the people to rise up and force him and his corrupt cabal of traditional politicians out of office.

“Christmas is only for the wealthy and landed classes in this rotten society. The poor will have nothing to share but its misery and scarcity,” Barnedo concluded.

The groups say that the most tormenting and directly affecting their children are the scourge of contractualization and low wages, the unabated dictates of corporations in deregulated industries such as power, telecoms, oil and water as well as the demise of public social services in favor of commercialized health and education sectors.

Joint Press Release
16 December 2014

Contact person:
Orly Gallano 0918-4085175
Samahan ng Mamamayan-Zone One Tondo Organization (SM-ZOTO)

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[Press Release] Urban poor denounce Roxas’ for claiming that DAP benefitted informal settlers -KPML

Urban poor denounce Roxas’ for claiming that DAP benefitted informal settlers

REACTING to claims made by Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas that 10 billion pesos from the recently declared unconstitutional Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) were spent to relocate waterways communities, an urban poor federation leader says it is the exact opposite.

KPML

Roxas was reported to have said that, “The money was used for the welfare of the people. The interest of the people always prevails,” during the unveiling of the Zero-ISF Water Easement in Barangay Salapan in San Juan City.

“Roxas is trying his hardest but obviously failing to paint himself as to looking after the interests of the informal settlers when in fact, the relocation program of the government with or without DAP funds is not beneficial but also consequentially detrimental to the poor,” said Anthony Barnedo of Kongreso ng Pagkakaisa ng Maralitang Lungsod (KPML).

Barnedo branded that the socialized housing program of the government as “Rated: PG or Rated: Pure Gimmickry for all the housing officials want is to bulldoze us to far-flung areas for us to rot to death. It is not for the betterment of the poor when the government “saves” us from a danger zone, only to condemn us to a death zone,”

On Roxas’ statement, he clarified that, “It is categorically untrue that the usage of DAP funds were beneficial to the informal settlers along the waterways because the government’s housing units are not for free, poor families will still have to pay monthly mortgages out of their contractual jobs. The government will even profit out of our miseries through interests”.

“The DAP’s true beneficiaries are the real estate developers who cornered billions-worth of government low-cost housing contracts. The DAP is the milking cow of the likes of Noynoy Aquino’s former classmate, Chito Cruz of the National Housing Authority and Gerry Acuzar, owner of New San Jose Builders, Inc. and brother-in-law of Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa,” the urban poor leader pointed out.

The KPML condemned Roxas for using the miseries of the poor to shield himself and Aquino from public accountability by justifying their usage of illegally juggled public funds.

“If there are available public funds and if both Aquino and Roxas truly stand for the welfare of the marginalized like they claim then provide free socialized housing and abandon their plans privatize public hospitals for indigents among others”, he asserted.

The militants believes that the government is heartless for it unjustly and forcibly uproots the informal settlers from their communities, work and school, only to be dumped to areas without even basic necessities and infrastructure such as schools, markets, day care centers, potable water, and steady supply of electricity and drainage pipes.

The most damaging, they say, “is the lack of jobs or opportunities to eke a living and pay their mortgages”.

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 succession 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
20 July 2014
Contact Person:
Anthony Barnedo 0949-7518792
Kongreso ng Pagkakaisa ng Maralitang Lungsod

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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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[Press Release] “Kalbaryo ng Maralita” held, brands Aquino’s Housing Program Rated: PG or Rated: Pure Gimmickry -KPML

“Kalbaryo ng Maralita” held, brands Aquino’s Housing Program
Rated: PG or Rated: Pure Gimmickry

Waterways and relocation site communities held a "Kalbaryo ng Maralita" from Sto. Domingo Church to Mendiola Bridge. The groups called Aquino's housing program as Rated: PG or Rated Pure Gimmickry, claiming that the government may have “saved” the poor from a danger zone, only to condemn them to a death zone. Photo by KPML

Waterways and relocation site communities held a “Kalbaryo ng Maralita” from Sto. Domingo Church to Mendiola Bridge. The groups called Aquino’s housing program as Rated: PG or Rated Pure Gimmickry, claiming that the government may have “saved” the poor from a danger zone, only to condemn them to a death zone. Photo by KPML

HUNDREDS of informal settlers from various waterways communities affected by the on-going government relocation program held a “Kalbaryo ng Maralita” in various churches in Quezon City and Manila before proceeding to the foot of Mendiola Bridge to dramatize their plight under what they claimed was the government’s “rabid anti-poor policies”.

KPML

The urban poor communities depicted the Crucifixion and Death of Christ (the 11th and 12th leg of the Christian Station of the Cross) in an untraditional fashion which was, punctuated with fiery speeches and cultural presentations. The first station of their Kalbaryo was held at the Sto. Domingo Church along Quezon Avenue.

Members of Kongreso ng Pagkakaisa ng Maralitang taga-Lungsod (KPML) were joined by contingents from relocation sites, as far as Towerville, and Sitio Gaya-Gaya in San Jose del Monte City and Sito Batya in Bocaue, Bulacan. The relocatees belonged to KPML affiliate, the Samahan ng Mamamayan-Zone One Tondo Organization (SM-ZOTO), which has been assisting relocated and urban poor communities since the darkest hours of Martial Law.

In their Kalbaryo, the informal settlers decried the Aquino government’s relocation program and called it, “Rated: PG or Rated: Pure Gimmickry”.

“Noynoy Aquino, Jejomar Binay and other housing officials are trying their hardest to make it look like a housing program, when in fact it is a far-cry from decent modern living standards, even for the poor. The government has been blaming us for the flooding of the Metro to justify the demolition of our homes but its true agenda is simply to bulldoze us to far-flung areas for us to rot to death. Aquino may have “saved” us from a danger zone, only to condemn us to a death zone,” said Orly Gallano, chairperson of KPML-NCR and Rizal.
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Gallano argued that even if the government provides respectably decent houses, the beneficiaries will only be forced to abandon the units for the lack of jobs and livelihood opportunities for them to pay the P350-P500 amortization fee. “The alarming rise of reports of abandoned units, teenage pregnancy, sex-for-food and petty theft in relocation sites in Bulacan, Rizal and Laguna are glaring enough to conclude that the decongestion and relocation program has failed miserably”.

“The government socio-economic planners are not alleviating us from dire poverty but are simply wasting taxpayers’ money and only filling the pockets of profit-hungry real estate developers and corrupt housing officials. The crux of the matter is that the relocation program is not a state-sponsored social service but a lucrative business, managed by syndicates in government. What can be more shameful and exploitative than profiting off the poor,” Gallano pointed out.

The KPML believes that the government is guilty of having no heart for the poor for it unjustly and forcibly uproots the informal settlers from their communities, work and school, only to be dumped to areas without basic necessities and infrastructure such as schools, markets, day care centers, potable water, a steady supply of electricity and drainage pipes.

The most damaging, they say, is the lack of jobs or opportunities to eke a living. In order to do so, the relocatees will need to be commute daily or weekly to the jobs they left miles away, be separated from their families and in worst cases, commit crimes against property.

For Reverend Father Enrico Martin Adoviso, parish priest of Most Holy Trinity Parish in Sampaloc, Manila where the groups held the 3rd leg of their Kalbaryo, “Not unless the government comprehensively addresses the roots of poverty and social injustice, the gap of the country’s elite and marginalized is bound to multiply tenfold in a matter of years, and so will be the housing crisis in the country”.

The mild-mannered priest also appealed to the middle class to not bash the informal settlers for they are but also “victims of collusion of capitalist vultures and the corrupt public official eager to earn a quick buck”.

The KPML and SM-ZOTO also took a swipe at the other programs and policies of the Aquino government which according to them, “were crafted for them to remain poor”. These included the infusion of all seventy-two public hospitals in the public-private partnership scheme of the government.

Also mentioned was labor policy of contractualization, which allows employers to circumvent labor laws to avoid wage increases and additional benefits but more worrisome, servility to employers’ abuse just to make a living.

Both urban poor organizations pledged to join their industrial working class brothers in the streets on the first of May, the International Labor Day to push for economic and social justice.

Press and Photo Release
15 April 2014

For interviews please contact: Orly Gallano-0999-9550246
Kongreso ng Pagkakaisa ng Maralitang taga-Lungsod-NCR and Rizal
Chairperson

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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!

Read more of KPML @ kilusangmasa.blogspot.com

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

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[Statement] Urban poor protest against LPG price increase and oil price hike -KPML

The urban poor group, Kongreso ng Pagkakaisa ng mga Maralita ng Lungsod – National Capital Region-Rizal chapter (KPML-NCRR) rallied in front of the office of the Department of Energy (DOE) this morning to protest the continued rise of prices of oil and LPG. They said the oil price hike directly affects the prices of basic commodities, such as rice, fish and vegetables.

Allan Dela Cruz, KPML-NCRR president, said, “Last year, the 11-kg of LPG has price of P500.00, but today, it increased by more than P200.00, such as Gasul – P736.00, Shellane – P787.00, Total Gas – P770.00, M Gas – P721.00, Liquigaz – P750.00.”

Dela Crus added, “The price of diesel has increased this year. Diesel has increased by P2.70 per liter, while gasoline has increased by P3.20 per liter. But these prices have been roll backed, not in its original price, but by few centavos; P0.80 centavos for diesel and P0.20 centavos for gasoline. This rollback reflects how clever the capitalists are. This is corporate greed. They will announce a rollback to appease the consumers, but the prices did not go back to the original price.”

“That’s why we at the KPML-NCRR call on DOE, the government, and the oil companies, Stop Oil Price Hike! Stop the increase of LPG prices!”

Oil Deregulation Law, Ibasura!
Tutulan, labanan ang pagtaas ng presyo ng LPG!
Pagtaas ng presyo ng LPG, pahirap sa masa!

Press Statement
February 3, 2012
Allan Dela Cruz (President, KPML-NCRR)
Cellphone # 0920-8386973

[In the news] QC informal settlers resist demolition; negotiations ongoing – Inquirer.net

QC informal settlers resist demolition; negotiations ongoing.

By Chona Yu, Karen Boncocan
990AM, INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippine – Tensions rose as authorities attempted to demolish some 1000 houses in Barangay (village) Old Balara in Quezon City Wednesday morning but authorities are trying to prevent an outbreak of violence through negotiations, according to reports culled by INQUIRER.net.

A 990AM report said residents became hostile as they prevented the demolition team together with some 200 policemen deployed in the area from taking down their homes. Some residents also barricaded the middle of Commonwealth Avenue, causing traffic in the area.

Read full article @ newsinfo.inquirer.net

[In the news] Demolition at San Juan village resumes after brief standoff – Nation – GMA News Online – Latest Philippine News

Demolition at San Juan village resumes after brief standoff – Nation – GMA News Online – Latest Philippine News.

Tension gripped a village in San Juan City anew Friday as residents faced off with a demolition team ordered to take down the shanties there.

Residents of Corazon de Jesus village confronted members of the demolition team and refused to let them destroy their houses, radio dzBB‘s Glen Juego reported.

However, the tension eased after the residents and the demolition team reached a compromise of sorts where the demolition would only demolish the houses of residents who agreed to be relocated.

Some 287 houses in the area were initially scheduled to be demolished, the report said.

The area where the demolition was to take place will be the site of the new government center and City Hall. – VVP, GMA News

[Statement] Labanan ang demolisyon sa Tumana!

Source: Partido ng Lakas ng Masa on Facebook

source PLM FB

Kasiguruhan sa paninirahan!
Abot-kayang presyo ng lupa!
Labanan ang demolisyon!

Sa unang araw ng Abril nakatakda ang demolisyon ng ating mga tahanan dito sa Barangay Tumana. Ang 33 ektaryang lupang ito ay napatituluhan ng isang Don Joaquin Francisco. Ngunit duda kami sa kanyang walang-bisang titulo. Ngayon simula na ang demolisyon ni Joaquin sa ating mga bahay particular sa tatlong bloke. Simula na rin ng ating pagtatanggol sa ating karapatan para sa kasiguruhan ng paninirahan.

Hindi makatarungan ang demolisyon ni Joaquin dahil sa pagtanggi niya sa ating alok na ibigay sa abot-kayang presyo ang lupa. Sa totoo lang, iyong presyo ng lupa ni Joaquin ay presyong mayaman. Alam ni Joaquin na hindi natin kaya ang presyo ng lupa niya. Ibig sabihin lang nito ayaw niyang ibenta sa maralita ang kanyang lupa. Siyempre sa mata ni Joaquin makatarungan ito dahil may desisyon na ang korte.

Napag-alaman namin sa aming pananaliksik na ang lupang kinatitirikan ng aming mga bahay ay classified as forest land, kaya nais naming mapakansela ang naturang titulo. Sa pagkakaalam namin, hindi pwedeng mapatituluhan sa isang pribadong tao ang isang forest land. Ngunit sadya yatang malawak ang koneksyon ni Joaquin at makapangyarihan ang kanyang salapi, kaya binibilisan at sapilitan na tayong pinalalayas sa pamamagitan ng isang WRIT OF DEMOLISYON. Ngunit kaduda-duda ang kanyang walang-bisang titulo.

Masakit para sa sinuman ang mawalan ng tahanan, kaya nararapat lang na ipaglaban natin ang ating karapatan para sa ating kinabukasan at kinabukasan ng ating mga anak.

Dapat magkaisa tayong mga taga-Tumana upang mapigilan ang nakatakdang demolisyon. Hindi tayo papayag na basta tayo tanggalin sa ating mga tirahan.

PLM-ALPPS-KPML
Marso 31, 2011

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.

PRESS RELEASE
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.