Sunday, 16 Jun 2019


As an advocate of inclusive, transformative and sustainable urbanization, the Partnership of Philippine Support Service Agencies (PHILSSA) denounces the violent dispersal of residents and demolition of residences at the Laperal compound in Makati City last week.  There is absolutely no justification to hurt persons who had lost their houses to fire and have yet to find a new place to call home.

We particularly object to Makati Mayor Jun Jun Binay’s unreasonable refusal to talk to affected people in the community to resolve the crisis, including agreeing to a peaceful and orderly transfer of people from Laperal compound.  In the same breath, we laud DILG Secretary Robredo’s openness to dialogue with the community leaders, to listen to their needs and agree on the way ahead.

Government, in dealing with its constituents, must show a preference for Talk instead of Tear Gas, Dialogue – instead of Imposition.  Not only does the law (RA 7279) say as much, but common sense and decency demand it as well.

Partnership of Philippine Support Service Agencies (PHILSSA)
3/F Hoffner Building, Social Development Center,
Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights, Quezon City
29 April 2011




It is SALIGAN’s view that H.B. 2145 (AN ACT AMENDING REPUBLIC ACT NO. 8368, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE “ANTI-SQUATTING LAW REPEAL ACT OF 1997”) seeks to underhandedly amend the definition of professional squatters in Republic Act No. 7279 (UDHA) and does not answer the problem of grinding urban poverty, which is the main reason that people resort to squatting in urban areas. As such, SALIGAN does not favor the enactment of said bill, to wit:


I SALIGAN humbly maintains that H.B. 2145 is unconstitutional for being violative of the Social Justice provision of the 1987 Constitution, and blatantly disregards the existing laws on Ejectment

H.B. 2145 forgets the Social Justice provision in the Constitution, which limits and defines a person’s right to private ownership. While seemingly an amendment of RA 8368, it is really RA 7279 that H.B. 2145 seeks to revise by trying to expand the definition of “professional squatters.” As can be seen in its wording, what the bill is trying to punish as a “professional squatter” is practically anyone who falls under the ejectment provisions of the Rules of Court.


SALIGAN Beginning1

The Sentro ng Alternatibong Lingap Panligal (SALIGAN) was founded in November 1987 just a few months after the ratification of the Philippine Constitution. Initially, the institution was composed of two lawyers, Atty. Ferdinand Casis and Atty. Roberto Gana2, and one law student, Atty. Alberto Agra. They were still connected with the Archdiocese of Manila Labor Center (AMLC)3 when the three realized the need for a legal resource non-government organization (NGO) that would redefine the concept of legal assistance by using the law not only to uplift the masses but to empower the latter as well.

The idea was to set-up a legal NGO that would focus on sectoral rights and concerns by providing direct legal assistance to people’s organizations (POs) and other NGOs, which emerged as a result of the newly founded democracy brought about by the EDSA Revolution, towards a common societal goal of democratizing and empowering the basic sectors through legal education and paralegal formation. By November of 1987, the idea finally came into existence when SALIGAN, then known as ALAC (Alternative Legal Assistance Center), got its first funding grant from The Asia Foundation through the help of Fr. Joaquin Berns, S.J., then President of the Ateneo University and Founding Chair of the ALAC Board of Trustees.

« StartPrev12NextEnd »

Page 2 of 2