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Kadamay: Robredo allowed 'soaring amortization rates' and 'inaccessible housing' for the poor as HUDCC chief

KADAMAY - Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap has reacted to the firing of Vice President Leni Robredo as HUDCC (Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council) Chief. Robredo announced yesterday that she is resigning from Duterte administration's Cabinet after she was told by President Rodrigo Duterte to desist from attending further Cabinet conferences.

Contrary to what many believed, it was later learned that the Vice President was fired.
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Read KADAMAY's full statement here:
VP Leni Robredo’s brief tenure as HUDCC chief focused on the continuation of the pro-business trends made more prominent during the Aquino administration. She called for greater participation of the private sector in socialized housing which is as contradictory as it sounds. This policy has given rise to soaring amortization rates and inaccessible housing units for the poor.

She witnessed firsthand the plight of those living in relocation areas in her visits across the country. The contaminated water that routinely resulted in illnesses among the people and the gross lack of services and utilities were presented to her HUDCC office time and again.

Demolitions have also remained rampant throughout the country, a fact that her late husband stood against at certain points. However she made no fundamental or even incremental steps to address this.
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The Housing budget for her office was slashed yet looking towards corporations for help was never the solution but merely widening the cracks of an existing problem. Socialized housing is not socialized but commercialized. This is something Robredo did not seek to remedy.

There are thousands of idle housing units that can be freely distributed to those in need. Millions are being paid in unjust amortization costs. Profit instead of housing rights have ruled the policy trends of shelter agencies.

We hope her replacement will be more attuned to the needs of the urban poor. In order for the HUDCC to be a genuine agent of change it must recognize and fight for the housing rights of the poor. KADAMAY will stay vigilant and continue to stand against any type of anti-poor housing strides masquerading as developmental policies.

*Picture from Protest/Dialogue at HUDCC offices

Source: Kadamay

Kadamay: Robredo allowed 'soaring amortization rates' and 'inaccessible housing' for the poor as HUDCC chief Kadamay: Robredo allowed 'soaring amortization rates' and 'inaccessible housing' for the poor as HUDCC chief Reviewed by Raelyn Luchansky on 3:31:00 AM Rating: 5

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