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MANILA — Employees of the National Housing Authority (NHA) are against plans of the Benigno Aquino government to privatize housing services and to create a Department of Housing and Urban Development. NHA employees and urban poor organizations under the Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay) have been fighting against moves to privatize public housing and legislative proposals on the same since the year 2000 and since the 9th Congress. (Text by Ina Alleco R. Silverio; Photos courtesy of Consolidated Union of Employees (CUE-NHA) / bulatlat.com)

“Like its predecessors, the Aquino government is abandoning its responsibility to provide social services to its poor constituents … By partnering with the private sector in building public housing, it can be expected that the government will confine its function to that of an enabler which is limited to policy formulation and program monitoring.”

The proposed Department of Housing and Urban Development (DHUD) is not the answer to the current housing problem in the Philippines: it will even create a monstrous problem: soaring housing prices and land-use conversions that would result to food insecurity. BY NOEL SALES BARCELONA Bulatlat.com Vol. VIII, No. 29, August 24-30, 2008 QUEZON CITY—For employees…