Bulacan, Philippines – The urban poor group Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (KADAMAY) forcibly occupied close to 6,000 housing units in Pandi, Bulacan last March.
Nearly a month after occupying the government project, the urban poor group cries that the housing units are “so tiny” only pet dogs of senators and congressmen can fit, the groups national chairperson said.
Gloria Arellano of Kadamay was one of the resource persons of the Senate committee on urban planning, housing and resettlement during a Senate inquiry regarding the government’s housing projects.
Senator JV Ejercito, chairman of the senate panel, and Negros Occidental Rep. Alfredo Benitez, his counterpart in the House of Representatives, asked Arellano if they are willing to pay for the units they occupied.
“Habang wala pong trabaho, libreng pabahay muna. Habang walang trabaho. Eh saan po kukuha ng bayad? Kung tayo ay may regular na trabaho at sapat na sahod, baka hindi na natin gusto tumira sa malayo; mangupahan na lang tayo dito ng apartment, condominium pag meron tayong trabaho na maayos. Eh ang nakakatiis lang sa ginawa ng NHA, mahihirap lang eh,” she said.
“Ang liit-liit, tsaka sira-sira na. Ang liit-liit talaga, hindi matirhan. Baka sa inyo, kuwarto lang ng inyong alagang aso, ‘yung mga ginawa nila dun,” she added.
The Senate and House committees intend to conduct an ocular inspection of the area soon.