Media AdvisoryMay 30, 2018
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Urban poor rally at NHA Bulacan today
WHAT: Picket-dialogue by 300 urban poor to demand approval of housing applications
WHEN: Today, May 30 (Wednesday), 10:00 am
WHERE: National Housing Authority (NHA) office, Balagtas, Bulacan
The rally today is the latest in a series of urban poor protest actions at NHA Bulacan. Yesterday, informal settlers who occupied the Pandi relocation area held a rally. Last Friday a hundred members of the Bulacan chapter of Alyansa ng Maralitang Pilipino (AMP) and Partido Manggagawa (PM) trooped to the NHA provincial office.
The group is calling on NHA to dialogue with the protesters today. It is their second time to rally at NHA in a week's time. PM is criticizing the utterly slow pace of the National Housing Authority in providing socialized housing for the poor.
Hundreds of urban poor families have waited for three years for the NHA to process their applications for relocation. Of almost 700 potential beneficiaries, only 81 have actually been relocated. Almost 100 families have already been qualified but have yet to be relocated. In addition, PM has submitted 200 more names for pre-qualification. All the poor applicants were vetted by the provincial government.
In April last year, a hundred of them rallied at the NHA Bulacan to press for the demand for socialized housing. In a dialogue, the NHA promised to expedient the processing. The urban poor families filed their applications in 2015. ###