The Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (KADAMAY) is appealing to the government especially to the National Housing Authority (NHA) to prioritize homeless indigents and expedite the housing program’s application process.
Gloria “Ka Bea” Arellano, Chairperson of KADAMAY, noted that at least 6,000 members of the group already submitted complete requirements to the NHA.
Still, Arellano argues that most members of the group couldn’t afford to complete the necessary documents due to lack of budget for transportation and processing fee. She also admits that most of them are poor and with bad debts that’s why they are asking for low-priced housing units from the government.
The group said it has been three years since they submitted the requirements and yet the agency has not awarded or approved any application.
“Matagal na namang nag-a-apply ang mga Kadamay…Dumarami na nga pero iyong proseso ng pag-a-apply namin sa kasalukuyan mula noong kami ay nag-occupy, sinunod namin icon mga proseso at nagpadala kami ng mga socio econ para makita talaga kung ano yung mga kabuhayan ng mga maralita,” Arellano said.
The group urges NHA to immediately award all verified applications to homeless families since the housing units have long been abandoned. Arellano cited the report of the Commission on Audit (COA) which states that at least 114,000 government housing units remain unoccupied based on the agency’s 2011 to 2016 audit.
“Napakabagal ng proseso sa kabila ng amin nang sinabi sa gobyerno na bilis-bilisan naman nila. Nandito na talaga ang mga krisis ng pabahay. Ang kawalan ng pabahay dito sa Pilipinas ito ang number one sa buong South East Asia, number one din yan sa kawalan ng trabaho,” Arellano lamented. – Cathy Maglalang / Marje Pelayo
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