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Kadamay: Unjust policies force poor to occupy housing sites

Urban poor group Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay) marched to Mendiola yesterday to urge President Rodrigo Duterte to a dialogue in order for them to show proof that hundreds of housing units are unoccupied in Bulacan Province.

Instead of distributing government housing units to poor beneficiaries, the National Housing Authority only choose families who can pay exorbitant rates, Kadamay said.

Hundreds of Kadamay members occupied several housing projects in Bulacan last week, a move aimed at bringing the issue to Duterte’ attention, the group said. (Video by Divine Miranda/Featured photo by Romie Malonzo) Read more

Kadamay holds Kalbaryo 2016

To dramatize their sufferings as a result of the government’s “anti-poor” housing programs, members of the Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay) held its annual procession from Quiapo to Mendiola, Manila last March 22.

Kadamay condemned Benigno Aquino’s government’s failure to solve the housing crisis for the urban poor.

They also scored what they call are unjust wages and lack of social services that would allow them to build better communities.

Kadamay’s “Kalbaryo” is annually staged during Holy Week with participants dramatizing their sufferings by carrying crosses with political demands.

Urban poor hold annual procession (contributed video)

Carrying a cross made by acclaimed Filipino artist Toym Imao, urban poor group KADAMAY (Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap) performs a Lenten tradition to deplore the lack of livelihood and housing that they suffer. From Plaza Miranda fronting the Quiapo Church they passed by Sta. Cruz before proceeding to Mendiola.