Kaisahan-Negros called on the Bacolod City government yesterday for a suspension on the demolition of squatter houses since the number of homeless families is increasing due to lack of relocation sites.
At a press conference at the Negros Press Club in Bacolod City, Bertila Ante, secretary general of Kaisahan-Negros said the city has to make sure that there is a relocation site before they demolish the houses.
The group also scored the slow application process at the Bacolod Housing Authority, adding that they do not know who to prioritize.
She said the City is set to demolish 43 households in Brgy. Punta Taytay next week and the targeted areas for demolition are Villa Esperanza, Puroks Makawiwili, Naminami, Cagaycay, Cabacauan, and Calantas.
Ramil Alfonso of Kadamay-Bacolod also asked Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia to provide the right relocation site for the squatters.
Urban Poor Women chairperson Rodora Badayos said that relocating the squatters is not the solution but government projects that will provide jobs for the homeless.
The groups will also stage a picket today at 1p.m. at the Bacolod Government Center calling the government officials to act on the situation of the homeless residents of Bacolod City. *LTG