MANILA, Philippines – Informal settlers in Quezon City's North Triangle district are bracing for a scheduled demolition of their homes on Monday.
Residents of Sitio San Roque on North Edsa, along with members of pro-poor groups Anakpawis, Alyansa Kontra Demolisyon and Kadamay, have been preparing to repel the police and demolition team at a scheduled demolition of homes in the area today.
The area will be developed into a business district, but the families numbering about 3,500 are asking that the land be awarded to them instead.
The residents have put barricades and streamers in place. They have been protesting the new demolition for a week.
They even intend to hold a protest at the office of Secretary Manuel "Mar" Roxas II on his first day at the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).
On Sunday, the residents were given time to move to a relocation site in Montalban, Rizal. More than a hundred families have already been given eviction notices signed by the Quezon City government. However, several still refuse to leave.
In a statement, Kadamay secretary-general Gloria Arellano appealed to Roxas to stop the demolition.
"Upang ipakita ni Roxas na siya ay maka-mamamayan, kaagad siyang mag-order na agarang ipahinto ang mga demolisyon partikular ang mga kinakasangkutan ng mga LGU. Ito ay upang masawata ang malawakang paglabag ng administrasyong Aquino sa karapatan ng mga maralitang-lungsod," Arellano said.
Kadamay claims some 16,000 families have already been evicted from the site, and at least 10 have died due to demolition attempts that triggered violence. – with ANC