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Feature Posted on February 1st, 2009.
This 14th Congress, Gabriela Women's Party Representatives Liza Maza and Luz Ilagan refiled a resolution for the review of Republic Act 9207 and its Implementing Rules and Regulations in the light of the complaints received by Gabriela Women's Party chapters in Brgy. Batasan Hills, Commonwealth and Holy Spirit, and the Office of Rep. Maza. House Resolution 448 was first filed in the 13th Congress and was refiled in January 2008.
The clamor for security of tenure with regards to their houses and land of the longtime and current residents in Brgy. Batasan is the main concern of Gabriela Women's Party in pursuing the campaign to address the problems encountered in the implementation of RA 9207. Renters who are in the community for a period of time should likewise be considered in the provision of units in the medium rise buildings which have yet to be constructed. Services for those who will be displaced should be made available, as a well as a democratic, functioning system to address the grievances and anomalies in the implementation of the project.
The anomalies in the processes and implementation of the East Side development project of the NGC Law was brought to fore by Rep. Maza's interventions in the 2009 budget deliberations in the House of Representatives. With the continuous lobbying and actions of GWP chapters and residents from Batasan Hills, HR 448 was deliberated upon in the hearing of the Committee on Housing. A Technical Working Group led by Rep. Maza was also formed to review the said law and the IRR, while reblocking activities in areas contested by the residents are
halted or not immediately implemented.
House Joint Resolution 23, which sought to reduce the land area for residential purposes in the East Side Project, was silently passed in the HOR in October 2008, and was transmitted to the Senate. Immediately, Rep. Maza manifested her disapproval of the said resolution. Gabriela Women's Party chapter members in Batasan are currently lobbying and campaigning against the passage of the HJR 23.