Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (KADAMAY) defended their attempt to occupy the government housing units in Brgy. San Isidro, Rodriguez, Rizal on Wednesday, June 13.
The said units are for uniformed personnel of the Philippine National Police (PNP), the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP).
According to Simon Trinidad, spokesperson of KADAMAY – Rizal, per Joint Resolution No. 2, unoccupied housing units for uniformed personnel should be given to indigents, including members of the urban group.
Joint Resolution No. 2 was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte last May, and directs the National Housing Authority (NHA) to award unoccupied housing units for AFP, PNP, BFP, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, and the Bureau of Correction to other qualified beneficiaries.
The resolution was legislated by Congress and approved by Duterte after KADAMAY members occupied the government housing project in Pandi, Bulacan.
Trinidad also said that their attempted occupation of the government housing project in Rizal, also sought to force the NHA to take action.
“Kaya kami sumugod para hingin at ipag-laban yung karapatan namin sa paninirihan,” Trinidad said during DZRH’s Breaktime.
KADAMAY further claimed that they have also received reports that the NHA is renting unoccupied units to informal settlers, which contradicts the statements of the housing agency.
“Ang NHA ay laging sinasabi sa amin na hindi sila nag-papaupa. Iyon ay isang kasinungalingan ng NHA na hindi sila nag-papaupa sa mga pabahay ng AFP at PNP,” Trinidad said.
“Ang laging inu-una ng NHA ay yung mga taong kayang mag-avail ng mga sinisingil nila buwan-buwan. Lahat ng mga member ng KADAMAY dito sa Montalban ay nangangalahig, mga pedicab driver, tindero, tindera, nakatira sa water-waste area, mga basurero. Iyon yung mga tao na hindi kayang mag-avail na ibinababang paniningil ng NHA,” Trinidad added.
While KADAMAY admits that they are violating the law for their actions in Rizal, Trinidad explained that they were upset that the NHA and the local government unit (LGU) is making a business out of the unoccupied housing units.
“Bakit nila pina-uupahan ang mga pa-bahay na iyan? Bakit hindi mga kamag-anak ng mga pulis ang pinapatira nila diyan? Ibig sabihin, nagkakaroon ng sabwatan ang LGU at ang NHA kasi ginagawa nila negosyo ang mga pabahay for PNP at AFP,” Trinidad said.
The KADAMAY members dispersed around 2pm after authorities and representatives from the NHA barred them from entering the premises. However, Trinidad said that they are not retrieving, but will return with a stronger force.