People’s Power poised to prevent Kadamay takeover

Published July 22, 2018, 11:56 AM

by Patrick Garcia

By Nestor Abrematea

BABATNGON, Leyte – Survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda of this town are set to hold a ‘ people’s power’ anytime tomorrow or this week to prevent members of the militant group Kadamay from taking over a housing project of the National Housing Authority (NHA) intended for survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda.

A sign that reads ‘Kadamay members are not allowed to enter’ in Pilipino is written on the wall of one of the houses in a government housing project in Brgy. San Isidro, Montalban, Rizal. Kadamay members have threatened to occupy the area on several occasions over the past week, similar to the situation in Pandi, Bulacan. The houses in this community are occupied by their rightful owners who have increased security measures in their neighborhood. (Federico Cruz | Manila Bulletin)
(Federico Cruz/ Manila Bulletin/ FILE PHOTO)

Mayor Marife Galapon Rondina said beneficiaries of the NHA resettlement project in her town are set to hold a ‘ people’s power’ at the Channel Ridge View Housing Project of NHA at the Poblacion to prevent members of the Kadamay from taking over the settlement site to coincide with the State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Rodrigo Duterte or anytime this week.

“The beneficiaries themselves will be the ones to hold a people’s power at the NHA resettlement site to prevent members of Kadamay from taking over the housing project. Ours is just to provide the security as they will be the ones to prevent the Kadamay from entering the resettlement site,” Mayor Rondina told Leyte media.

Rondina said the Leyte Police Provincial Office has dispatched an augmentation team of the Babatngon Police Station as well as from the Philippine Army to provide security to the government housing project.

She said the entrance to the NHA housing project was not fenced as the beneficiaries themselves know who their family members are.

There are 1,774 housing units constructed by the NHA in Babatngon town and 1,710 are already endorsed to the NHA and are already occupied and the available now are 64 units which they still have to relocate coming from 10 barangays of their town who will be affected by the no build zone implementation, Mayor Rondina said.

In Carigara, Leyte, the Local Government Unit put up two barge wires to the main entrance of Eco Ville 2 while Eco Ville 1 both at Barangay Sagkahan has been fenced to prevent members of Kadamay from entering the two housing projects.

Mayor Eduardo Ong said they have strengthened police and Army security in the two housing projects to prevent members of the militant group from taking over the resettlement projects for survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda in his town.