Kadamay members ordered to leave Bulacan housing sites

Zen Hernandez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 20 2017 07:49 PM

PANDI, Bulacan — The National Housing Authority (NHA) on Monday served about 600 eviction notices to members of urban poor group Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay) who illegally took over several housing units in this municipality and in San Jose Del Monte City in Bulacan.

NHA personnel arrived 4 p.m. at the Villa Elise resettlement area, where about 324 units out of 1,242 were occupied by Kadamay. The notices were served before 5 p.m. 

Some of the identified housing units were empty but they appeared to have been occupied because curtains were put up inside the homes.

The NHA posted the notices on doors and walls. 

Other Kadamay members did not challenge NHA representatives posting the eviction notices. However, they did not say whether they will heed the government order.

Meanwhile, a separate group of NHA representatives and the Philippine National Police went to San Jose del Monte Heights to serve 198 eviction notices. 

According to Bulacan police, the illegal occupants in San Jose Del Monte have been living in the housing units for months now.

Data from Bulacan police show that Kadamay members have occupied a total of 5,107 units, but the NHA said eviction notices have yet to be served in other areas.

The urban poor group said the government’s lack of action on their request for housing forced them to take over the idle homes. President Rodrigo Duterte, meanwhile, said he will not tolerate the group, comparing the situation to “anarchy.”