Attention: News Editor, News Desk, Reporters and Photojournalists
Settlers to seek Supreme Court TRO against MMDA, DPWH, PNR, NHA to stop forced eviction
The Urban Poor Associates (UPA), Sentro ng Alternatibong Lingap Panligal (SALIGAN) and Community Organizers of the Philippine Enterprise (COPE) Foundation request your presence at a media conference to be held at the Max’s Restaurant on Wednesday, April 16 (11:00 AM).
It will coincide with the filing of Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) against Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Philippine National Railways (PNR) and National Housing Authority (NHA).
Settlers who will be affected by the Northrail Southrail Linkage Project (NSLP) in Manila and the road-widening project along Radial Road 10 (R-10) in Navotas are seeking a TRO at the Supreme Court to prevent their eviction and the demolition of their houses in the absence of compliance with what is required by the Urban Development and Housing Act (UDHA).
Some 50,000 families living on the railroad tracks will be evicted because of the railway project. About 30,000 families still remain on the tracks. While some 16,000 families along R-10 will be evicted due to the road-widening project.
Date: April 16, 2008 (Wednesday)
Time: 11:00 AM
Venue: Max’s Restaurant, 1123 Ma. Orosa St., Brgy. 669, Ermita, City of Manila (Mercedes Function Room)