Manila is one of the most densely populated spots on earth. Shortcomings in housing and land use planning combined with a high fertility rate have left Manila in a state where the city literally appears to be bursting at the seams.
Makati City’s South Cemetery was home to dozens of families until, following a recent crime series, authorities evicted the entire living population of the cemetery. Only some of them have found shelter in nearby buildings. How do they adapt to the life “outside”, as the cemetery dwellers refer to the world beyond the graveyard’s walls? Adrian, 11, has been living in the South Cemetery for the past two years and is trying to make a living for him and his father in the streets of Makati. Without his mother and school education, Adrian needs to grow up fast.
Struck by the same fate are Julie and Primo and their three children, former cemetery-dwellers who make a modest living as parking assistants at a local churchyard. Basically living on the streets, they face a constant struggle of keeping their young family intact and healthy.
Health is a consistent problem among the urban poor in the overpopulated areas. In overpopulation hotspots such as Baseco or Tondo, the urban poor flock to faith healers to help them with their ailments and even births as they cannot afford the treatment in the metropolis’ hospitals. Taking the viewer from the business district Makati to Manila’s suburbs Tondo and Baseco, the film concludes by portraying two faith healers and their patients. The residents of these areas see faith healers more as general practitioners, rather than visiting them for their ascribed mystical powers. This is largely because free health care is almost impossible to come by, and faith healers, as opposed to hospitals, work on the basis of voluntary donations.
Shot on September 23, 2012 at Lake Taal, Philippines
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NLUMA Advocacy Video for Campaign for Land Use Policy Now!
The enactment of a national land use and management act has been pending before numerous congresses during the past two decades.
Meanwhile, attendant problems brought about by the absence of a comprehensive land use policy continue to peril local communities and the environment.
Given this, Campaign for Land Use Policy Now! (CLUP Now!) strongly seeks the passage of a national land use and management act.
Filmed, written and produced by Manuel Domes
Interviews conducted by Manuel Domes and Reggie Aquino
Narration by Matt Wamil
Music by Joey Ayala
Editing team: Reggie Aquino, Amoreena
Velasco, Mary Claire Demaisip, Maricel
Almojuela-Tolentino and Anthony Marzan
Produced for the Campaign for Land Use Policy Now
with support from Oxfam GB Philippines Office
This video production would like to thank all
the interview partners who graciously shared
their ideas and views and the communities
where the video was filmed, particularly the
people of Brgy. Sucat, Muntinlupa City;
Cantilan, Surigao del Sur and Puerto Princesa City.
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CLUP Now! is a loose multi-sectoral coalition of 29 people's organizations representing the concerns of fisherfolk, peasants, indigenous peoples, urban poor and environmental groups.
CLUP Now! Members:
Pambansang Kilusan ng Samahang Magsasaka (PAKISAMA) Pambansang Katipunan ng mga Samahan sa Kanayunan (PKSK) Koalisyon ng mga Katutubong Samahan ng Pilipinas (KASAPI) Pambansang Koalisyon ng Kababaihan sa Kanayunan (PKKK) NGOs for Fisheries Reform (NFR) Urban Land Reform Movement (ULRM) Philippine Association for Intercultural Development (PAFID) People’s Campaign for Agrarian Reform Network (AR NOW!) Sentro ng Alternatibong Lingap Panligal (SALIGAN) Balay Alternative Legal Advocates for Development in Mindanaw (BALAOD Mindanaw) Alternative Law Groups (ALG) John J. Carrol-Institute on Church and Social Issues (JJC-ICSI) Asian NGO Coalition for Agrarian Reform and Rural Development (ANGOC) Philippine Partnership for the Development of Human Resources in Rural Areas (PhilDHRRA) Institute of Politics and Governance (IPG) Center for Agrarian Reform and Rural Development (CARRD) Kaisahan tungo sa Kaunlaran ng Kanayunan at Repormang Pansakahan (KAISAHAN) Center for Agrarian Reform Empowerment and Transformation (CARET) AKBAYAN Citizens Action Party 53 Ektarya ng Macabud PANAW Sumilao MPC Eastern Visayas Network of NGOs and POs (EVNet) Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM) Philippine Legislators’ Committee on Population and Development (PLCPD) Haribon Foundation Task Force Baha Talibayog (TFBT) Partnership of Philippine Support Agencies (PhilSSA) Focus on the Global South Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM) Tambuyog Development Center
Campaign for Land Use Policy Now!
c/o Kaisahan, # 38 B Mapagsangguni St., Sikatuna Village, Quezon City 1101
Tel. no: 433-0760; Telefax: 921-5436
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