The Presidential Commission on Urban Poor wants the National Housing Authority to find relocation sites for informal settler families who have been evicted from private lots through court decisions.
In an interview, PCUP president and chief executive officer Alvin Feliciano said he recently wrote NHA general manager Marcelino Escalada Jr., seeking help on behalf of the evictees.
He lamented informal settlers occupying private lands were not protected by the law to an entitlement of a relocation once their homes are demolished through administrative and judicial evictions.
“With this, the undersigned respectfully appeals to your office for the provision of available relocation slots for the said affected underprivileged families. In particular, the Commission is in need of 2,000 relocation slots (1,000 in the National Capital Region and Luzon, 500 in the Visayas and 500 in Mindanao),” the one-page letter read.
“I approached NHA to ask for help for those affected by private demolitions. NHA told me there was no such provision for them,” he told the Manila Standard.
However, NHA and the PCUP would still help one another to conduct a study as to how the “underprivileged families who are left homeless and hopeless” could possibly avail themselves of a relocation program.
While it is the legal mandate of the PCUP to be the direct link of the urban poor to various government programs and projects, under the agency’s conduct of pre-demolition conferences, the government can only extend financial aid.