Bishop Iñiguez comes to the aid of railway families
Thousands of urban poor families who are facing imminent threat of forced evictions due to the Northrail-Southrail Linkage Project have found an advocate in Caloocan Bishop Deogracias S. Iñiguez Jr. who has offered to help them in a meeting today, April 11, 2007 (1:00 PM – 5:00 PM) to be held at the PNR Auditorium, PNR Centre, Torres Bugallon, Sangandaan, Caloocan City.
More than 145,000 people (29,000 families) have already been evicted from their homes in Metro Manila and Bulacan since early 2005 due to the rehabilitation of the Northrail and Southrail. The government's response was to create relocation sites. These relocation sites, however, has no clean water, no electricity and very far from the city, making it inconvenient for residents to find any form of livelihood.
Greater engagement is needed between government, NGOs and urban poor communities to develop alternatives to evictions and to encourage development that promotes basic human rights. Hence, a dialogue was arranged between affected families and line agencies to discuss the impending eviction and alternative relocation.
Date: April 11, 2007 (Wednesday)
Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Venue: PNR Auditorium, PNR Centre, Torres Bugallon, Sangandaan,