From Luzon to Mindanao, urban poor relocatees tell stories of hunger, worsening poverty and desperation.
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Recalling life as a migrant worker, Magdalena shares her secret on how she was able to endure long years working abroad. Apart from the salary given her, she demanded her boss three simple things: “Treat me as a human being, provide me food and a give me a little freedom.” When asked if she receives…
Thousands of residents affected in flooded relocation sites in Montalban.
“In fact, we want the DAP to be abolished including the Informal Settlers Fund, which has served as a milking cow to corrupt officials in the National Housing Authority and other shelter agencies of the Aquino administration, and a source of business capital to low-cost housing firms.” – Montalban Relocatees Alliance
“I thought that our struggle would end when we accepted the offer to relocate. But now I realized that it is not yet over.”
They were removed from “danger zones” in the city to a relocation site where they face not only the lack in social services and livelihood opportunities but also floods, landslides, and potentially, an earthquake because the relocation site sits near a fault line.
“The houses look good. But we do not have livelihood there. We have electricity and water but we do not have money to pay our bills.” – Purita Dayao
Part Two: From danger zones to a death zone
A study conducted in 2004 revealed that two resettlement sites (Kasiglahan Village and Sub-Urban Housing Project) are located in an area that is highly vulnerable to floods and earthquakes
They are being moved from one place to another; they have no stable jobs or sources of livelihood. Now, even basic social services are being denied from them.
By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO
Another unfulfilled promise to the urban poor?
By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO and RONALYN V. OLEA
When they agreed to be relocated from Isla Puting Bato, they were thinking about their safety and the future of their children. The rampaging floodwaters from La Mesa dam last week washed away whatever security they felt when they first transferred here.