By ALDWIN QUITASOL Northern Dispatch BAGUIO CITY — The citywide urban poor alliance demands the junking of the 22-year old Republic Act 7279 or known as the Urban Development and Housing Act (UDHA). UDHA was passed into law on March 24, 1992 and purportedly aims to “uplift the conditions of the underprivileged and homeless citizens…
Urban poor call for scrapping of housing law, justice for Guatemala residents
By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO
Urban poor groups from various communities that have been demolished or under threat of demolition gathered near the Supreme Court to protest the way they are being treated by the government and the violations of their rights.
20 years of legalizing demolitions through the housing law
By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO
“UDHA’s existence for the past 20 years did nothing but to further the attacks on the lives and livelihoods of the poor. The law did not serve the people” — Kadamay
Sidebar: Back Story: Urban Development and Housing Act merely meant to delay demolition of urban poor communities
Back Story: Urban Development and Housing Act merely meant to delay demolition of urban poor communities
By By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO
Now 20 years in effect, the Urban Development and Housing Act is touted to solve housing and urban congestion while protecting the urban poor’s rights and welfare. But since last year it did not bar from happening the most violent demolitions of urban poor communities in history.
Urban poor occupy NHA to put a stop to demolitions
By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO Bulatlat.com MANILA — The struggle against the government urban poor housing program continues. With their homes demolished, urban poor dwellers and their supporters went to “occupy” the National Housing Authorities’s office in Quezon City. “You demolished our homes. We will occupy your office,” one of the placards in front of…
Urban Development and Housing Act merely meant to delay demolition of urban poor communities
By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO Bulatlat.com MANILA — For urban poor communities, a threat of a demolition is a threat to their lives and their livelihood. Naturally, they would fight it, by all means possible and whatever is at hand, including picking up rocks, bottles, and, in other circumstances, “t-bombs” (or plastic bags filled with…