Urban poor to PNoy: ‘What housing program?’

AN URBAN poor group called on President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino, III yesterday to fulfill his campaign promise of comprehensive reform on the housing program for the poor and a moratorium on demolitions.

The Kilos Maralita led a human chain and noise barrage as they pushed for a three-year moratorium on demolitions, evictions and foreclosures.

Some 300 urban poor from the constituent groups of Kilos Maralita such as the North Triangle Association, LUPA and Alyansa ng Maralitang Pilipino (AMP) participated in the protest.

The protesters linked arms in a human chain along EDSA from the corner of North Avenue to the corner of Quezon Avenue. They also held a 30-minute noise barrage by banging on pots and pans.

“It is time for the president to carry out his promise,” said Teody Gacer of Kilos Maralita and leader of the North Triangle residents.

Kilos Maralita is set to have a dialogue with government officials in Malacanang today.

The protest came on the heels of reports that the government is going to sign an executive order for a three-month moratorium.

“A three-month moratorium is a sick joke on the urban poor,” Gracer said.

Representatives of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) and the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) will accompany the Kilos ng Maralita leaders in the dialogue. CHR and NAPC are supporting the demand of Kilos Maralita for a three-year moratorium.

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