On the 25th year of RA 7279
Repeal UDHA, enact a service-oriented, free mass housing program – Anakpawis
Quezon City – Anakpawis Party-list Representative Ariel Ka Ayik Casilao today joined the protest of Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay) in front of the National Housing Authority central office in Quezon City to support the call of urban poor to distribute unoccupied housing units in various relocation sites in Bulacan.
Casilao also called for the Duterte government to repeal Republic Act No. 7279 or the Urban Development and Housing Act of 1992 at this is causal to continuing and violent demolitions or urban poor communities and anomalous practices of development of relocation sites involving NHA officials and private contractors. Casilao authored House Bill No. 559 or the repeal of UDHA, as well as House Resolution No. 238 calling for a nationwide moratorium on violent demolitions of urban poor communities.
“UDHA obviously failed to serve the poor but successful in paving way for profit interests of foreign monopoly and big businesses in real estate development,” Casilao said.
The lawmaker also defended the “Occupy” activists that occupied the vacant and unused housing units in Pandi Bulacan and claimed that the housing project for police and military personnels wasted billions of public funds.
Anakpawis is questioning the accomplishment of housing programs funded by the P11 billion from the Aquino-era Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), as well as the P50 billion allocated to relocate 104,000 informal settler families affected by the clearing operations brought by the “Estero Declaration” or the flood control program involving the Laguna lake.
“We challenge the NHA to stop covering up for the housing fiasco committed during the Aquino administration, the continued opposition of the NHA to the legitimate and just demands of the urban poor is undermining the poor sectors’ support to the president and affirming private interest instead of public service,” Casilao said.
Casilao also warned NHA against its eviction notice as it is illegal even based on the UDHA. Moreover, he called on the urban poor occupants to resolutely defend their gains by strengthening their unity and heighten up their calls for jobs and livelihood, the P750 national minimum wage, access to social services, as well as genuine agrarian reform and nationalist industrialization.
“The more than 6,000 families occupying the housing units in Bulacan is enough force to defend their rights, generate broad support and demand a pro-poor and pro-people housing program,” Casilao said. ###