Residents oppose Valenzuela and Cavite demolitions

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Urban poor communities opposed two demolition operations this month.

In Barangay Veinte Reales in Valenzuela, residents of Block 6 defended their barricades on July 12 against the combined forces of the PNP and Valenzuela local government who carried out a violent demolition of more or less 400 houses in the area. Some residents and their supporters were injured from the clashes.

The demolition was illegal with homes torn down by a demolition team that carried no documents. According to residents, there are still pending hearings to investigate the grounds for evicting them their homes of 25 years. During this entire period, the Valenzuela local government ignored their request to fix their situation. No relocation site has been prepared for those to be evicted who will be compensated a mere ₱9,000 if they vacate the area.

Meanwhile, 700 residents of Viva Homes Subdivision in Dasmariñas City, Cavite conducted a protest-vigil last July 16. They face imminent eviction due to the dispute between the three contractors of the subdivision.

Residents oppose Valenzuela and Cavite demolitions