Ridon: Gov’t agencies are thankful Kadamay took over state housing projects
Presidential Commission on Urban Poor Chair Terry Ridon is claiming that the Duterte administration is grateful to the thousands of Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay)) members for expropriating for themselves idle state housing projects in Pandi, Bulacan.
“Sa totoo lang, nagpapasalamat pa nga ho ‘yung maraming mga ahensya dahil naganap po ito. Talagang na-put into the spotlight, na talagang meron pong mga bahay na walang tao, samantalang maraming tao na walang bahay,” said Ridon in a briefing in Malacanang.
“I think as far as government is concerned, it has really served as wake up call to really confront squarely the problems that had been besetting the housing sector for the last few years ‘no,” he added.
He said that the agencies have agreed to resolve the chronic problem of having thousands of empty housing units while millions of Filipinos have no homes.
Ridon defended Kadamay’s occupation of the state housing projects without paying for the units as part of the “housing grants” the government gave to its poor citizens.
Instead of going after the Kadamay members for their illegal takeover, Ridon said Congress should look into the accountability of the previous administration which built tiny, substandard housing units in remote areas without consulting the soldiers and police who were the intended beneficiaries.
“Tingin ko dapat ho may managot kasi sa loob ho ng mahabang panahon, zero ho ’yung tumira eh. ‘Di ho ba? Parang, I would say that it was a project that was meant to fail. Parang ganon.Sa totoo lang ho, inikot ho namin ‘yan. Talagang bulok ho ‘yung marami sa mga naitayo ho roon and we really have to be frank with everybody about it,” he said.