Thursday, June 14, 2018

Pres. Duterte Orders PNP To Stop Kadamay From Occupying Gov’t Housing Projects

Malacañang on Thursday said President Rodrigo Duterte will not allow another takeover by Kadamay of idle housing units intended for police and soldiers, after members of the urban poor group attempted but failed to occupy homes in Rodriguez, Rizal yesterday.

 Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Mr. Duterte issued the directive to the PNP during a joint command conference with the PNP and Armed Forces of the Philippines on Tuesday. Members of the Kadamay local chapter Montalban Homeless Association trooped to the La Solidaridad-Avilon Zoo housing project on Wednesday supposedly to occupy idle housing units, but they dispersed later in the afternoon. “Well, in the past, the President allowed Kadamay to occupy government housing project intended for soldiers in Pandi. But if you will recall, the President said that would be the first and the last,” Roque said in a Palace briefing.

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 The group said they were only asserting their rights based on Congressional Joint Resolution No. 2, signed by Duterte last May, which allows the awarding of unoccupied housing units to other qualified beneficiaries. “Given this latest attempt, the President has given directives to the police that Kadamay should not be allowed to take over these housing units,” he added. The NHA said of the 74,195 housing units, 68,836 was already completed as of July 31, 2017. Of the completed units, only 8,837 are occupied.
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