Gabriela Women’s Party challenged the new head of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) to look into the dismal state of forcibly evicted families and their relocation sites as it filed a resolution seeking the same.
Gabriela said new HUDCC chair Leoncio Evasco should heed the cries of evicted families who endure inhumane conditions in the failed government housing programs and relocation sites.
GWP Rep. Arlene Brosas said that through House Resolution 604, they are pushing a congressional inquiry on issues faced by families in relocation sites such as limited or no access to essential food, potable water, and healthcare facilities.
“We expect the HUDCC head to provide an assessment and explanation on the current dismal state of relocation sites, as well as the onerous amortization fees being shouldered by evicted families,” Rep. Brosas said, citing reports that the partylist received from areas in Bulacan and Cavite.
GWP said monthly amortization fees being paid by families in relocation sites range from P200 to P250, an amount that is unbearable for a family who has been uprooted from their source of income, resulting to accumulated debts for urban poor families.
Brosas said HR 604 seeks to recommend a moratorium on amortization payments while a policy review is being undertaken by appropriate government housing agencies.
The lady legislator also expressed GWP’s support to the ongoing “Lakbayan ng Maralita” which seeks to highlight the plight of urban poor and the lingering threat of demolitions in many communities.
Families participating in the Lakbayan will hold a campout in front of the National Housing Authority (NHA) tonight (Dec.5). Tomorrow, they will march to Mendiola to press the Duterte administration for concrete moves to address the housing problem in the country. #