By Tanggol Karapatan
2 September 2013 is the deadline of the notice of demolition issued by the Department of Public Works and Highways against the remaining 250 families living at the R10 community in Tondo, Manila (near the Philippine Ports Authority).
More than 300 families have already been evicted using the deceptive “voluntary demolition” scheme by the DPWH and the National Housing Authority. These families were relocated to Bocaue, Bulacan — far from their source of livelihood.
To defend their homes and assert their rights to adequate housing, education, access to jobs and livelihood, health and other services, the Samahan ng Magkakapitbahay sa R10-Kadamay (Neighborhood Association in R10) is holding a people’s barricade. They are demanding social justice; amidst the systemic corruption in the government on one side, the vast majority of the people is in a dire sitution, they are hungry, homeless and jobless.
We are calling everyone to support the calls of the R10 community and other urban poor families who are experiencing the same situation of criminal neglect of the Philippine Government.