QUEZON CITY, Metro Manila — To achieve a society where the urban poor is empowered, economically productive, and actively participating in the government’s poverty reduction programs and sustainable development, the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP) under the administration of President Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. has vowed to set a higher standard of service to the marginalized sectors through improved coordination and monitoring.
A new set of officials have now been appointed and assigned to the agency’s various functions and are now initiating measures to enhance the accreditation of legitimate urban poor organizations for purpose of representation and policy formulation that would help the PCUP achieve its goals efficiently and equitably.
The Commission is now under the leadership of its newly designated chairman in the person of Elpidio R. Jordan Jr., who will be assisted by commissioners Rey P. Galupo for the National Capital Region (NCR), Atty. Andre Niccolo G. Tayag for Luzon, Remedios S. Chan for Mindanao and Paolo M. Guanco for the Visayas.
Through the well-studied formulation of sound policies and programs, the new PCUP leadership is expected to deliver outputs in various endeavors, among them initiatives to increase urban poor access to land and housing and other basic services as provided for under Republic Act 7279, or the Urban Development and Housing Act (UDHA), Executive Order No. 131, Memorandum Order No. 74 and Executive Order No. 371.
Chairman Jordan disclosed that the agency will intensify its program of providing technical assistance to other concerned agencies that are tasked to implement E.O. 153 that institutionalizes the national drive to suppress and eradicate professional squatting and the syndicates behind this trend as well. The said program includes the conduct of just and humane demolition/eviction in accordance with the UDHA and E.O. No. 152 as amended by E.O. No. 708.
“We will also be institutionalizing consultative mechanisms to ensure urban poor participation in governance and to effectively advocate for the approval of resolutions or programs at the local and national level that are geared towards a better life for the urban poor,” Jordan said.
For his part, Comm. Galupo announced that the conduct of social preparation and extension of services of the PCUP’s Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) team will be intensified with the mindset of promoting a greater understanding of the issues and concerns on urban poverty through information dissemination and fostering unity and dialogue among the urban poor, government agencies (GAs) and non-government organization (NGOs).
“There is a need to enhance and intensify the implementation of our mandate, so we plan on ensuring that there are open communication lines with the urban poor and other stakeholders for prompt and efficient service in cases that require urgent intervention,” Galupo stressed. (ai/mtvn)