NHA to conduct on-site validation, processing of applicants; won’t issue eviction notice

PANDI, Bulacan--As if their prayers were answered, the militant group Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay) who occupied "idle" housing units in five resettlement housing projects of the National Housing Authority (NHA) here since March 8, will no longer be evicted, a partylist solon belonging to the "Makabayan Block" announced on Monday afternoon.

Rep. Antonio Tinio of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers said instead of eviction, the NHA has agreed to conduct on-site validation and processing of applicants on Tuesday at the resettlement sites occupied by the Kadamay settlers.

Tinio said this was agreed during the dialogue between the Makabayan Block in Congress and officials of the NHA on Monday morning.

"There will be a continuous processing and profiling on-site starting on April 3 for the Kadamay members. For the 171 Kadamay members who signed in the housing information form, the processing will start tomorrow, March 28, " Tinio said.

Tinio also said the police and military units in the area will be pulled out to avoid unnecessary tension.

He said this is a peaceful way to settle the issue.

Earlier, Kadamay fortified barricades along the entry points of at least five resettlement areas in this town as they braced for the looming implementation of the eviction notice.

Norman dela Cruz, one of the Kadamay members manning the barricades at Pandi Heights 2 in Barangay Mapulang Lupa, said they will not vacate the place and that they are ready to meet whatever forces the NHA will send to evict them.

He also said the "no ID, no Entry" policy is strictly being enforced to ensure that their ranks will not be infiltrated.

He said even the media are not allowed to enter beyond the barricaded portions of the occupied housing projects.

Last week, the NHA teams posted the notices on 324 houses at around 4 p.m in Villa Elise in Barangay Masuso.

They then proceeded to the Padre Pio housing project in Barangay Cacarong Bata; the housing project for jail and penology employees and firemen in Barangay Cacarong Matanda; the Villa Louise housing site in Barangay Siling Matanda; and the Pandi Heights 2 and 3 housing projects in Barangay Mapulang Lupa.

The "invaders," however tore down the eviction notices, prompting the NHA to erect billboards where they place tarpaulin replicas of the notice of eviction at the entrance of the occupied housing projects.

The militant urban poor settlers have been occupying "idle" housing units for 19 days.

Police said the Kadamay group has put up road blocks and other obstacles along the rows of housing units which they have occupied without electricity, water and other sanitary comforts.

Last week, teams from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) have distributed food packs to the Kadamay settlers and residents of other housing projects in this town.

Source: Philippines News Agency