Kadamay occupation of Bacolod housing site earns Ejercito’s ire

BACOLOD City—Senate Housing Committee Chairman Joseph Victor G. Ejercito on Sunday slammed urban poor group Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap after some 1,000 Kadamay members occupied the housing site for uniformed personnel in Barangay Felisa, Bacolod City, on August 30.

“What they did won’t help,” Ejercito said in an interview here. “It could actually make things worse.”

Ejercito visited the housing project of the National Housing Authority (NHA) in Barangay Felisa with local city officials on September 7.

Kadamay cited as the reason for their action Joint Resolution 2 signed by President  Duterte on
May 9, authorizing the NHA to award the unoccupied housing units of uniformed personnel to qualified beneficiaries.

However, all the 1,498 housing units of Ciudad Felisa, an Armed Forces of the Philippines/Philippine National Police (AFP/PNP) housing project, have already been awarded to soldiers, police, firemen and jail personnel.

Ejercito said units in Barangay Felisa that will not be taken by uniformed personnel will be distributed by the NHA to qualified beneficiaries. He added these units are not for free. He added the amortization will also be used to further build government housing

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Claudeth Mocon-Ciriaco is a grant recipient and fellow of 2017 media fellowship program by Probe Media Foundation Inc. She is a graduate of Bachelor of Mass Communication from the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM). After graduating in 2000 she immediately worked as a newspaper correspondent for Today Newspaper until 2005. Within those five years in Today Newspaper, she was assigned to cover the Eastern Police and Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), Rizal Province, and the Departments of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and Tourism (DOT). In October of 2005, she became a correspondent for the Philippine Business Daily Mirror Publishing, Inc. She covers Health, Education, MMDA, the local government units in the eastern and southern portions of the metropolis, and Rizal Province.