SUMMIT PRESS CONFERENCE 2006
Urban Poor Associates
25-A Mabuhay Street, Brgy. Central, Q.C.
Tel.: 4264118 / 4264119 / 4267615 Fax: 4264118
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Attention: News Editor, News Desk, Reporters and Photojournalists
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 5, 2006
SAGIP TAHANAN AT KABUHAYAN NG PILIPINAS, INC.
There will be an open forum among top leaders from the executive branch, senate, congress, local government units (LGUs), government’s housing institution, developers, non-government organizations (NGOs), Church and media.
The Summit Press Conference will be held at the SSS Auditorium (Bulwagang Pangkomperensiya) in Diliman Quezon City. It will start at 9:00 AM on May 9, 2006 (Tuesday).
The summit press conference aims to gather concern people who can jointly help solve the housing and livelihood problems in this country.
Urban Poor Associates (UPA), a non-government organization, has been pressing the government to provide adequate housing to poor families affected by demolitions. In this regard, the UPA and some leaders of railway people’s organization will have a meeting with Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales in the afternoon (May 9, 2006), 4:00 PM at the Arzobispado de Manila in Intramuros to discuss the housing issues.
The government will remove poor families along the Northrail and Southrail tracks to give way for its railway modernization project. An estimated 150,000 to 180,000 families will be displaced – a truly record breaking feat in our poor nation’s history of displacements. Some 21,000 families (18,000 on the Northrail and 3,000 on the Southrail) have already been displaced.
However, many families are very dissatisfied with the government’s relocation plans and the methods it uses to get people to move to the relocation site. The government’s Southville Housing Project in Cabuyao Laguna, for example, has showcases of failure because relocated families suffer from its problems on lack of livelihood, potable water, electricity, poor sanitation, schools and health services. Hence, many relocated poor families have chosen to live as slum dwellers once more in Metro Manila than to stay at the shabby relocation site. -30-
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