PCUP intensifies initiatives toward poverty alleviation

PCUP intensifies initiatives toward poverty alleviation

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MANILA — In line with its official mandate, the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP) continues to intensify activities geared at poverty alleviation and service to marginalized sectors through its programs of urban empowerment and leadership development.
Just recently, the PCUP conducted basic orientation and leadership seminars for residents of Barangays Pasong Tamo and Fairview in Quezon City who will be affected by the national government’s ongoing NLEX-SLEX connector project of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

Under Executive Order No. 82 of December 8, 1986, the Commission was established to serve as a conduit to interconnect the urban poor with the government in the process of formulating and implementing policies that would effectively address the needs of the country’s poor.

In Barangay Pasong Tamo, Field Operations Division-National Capital Region assistant chief Dennis Protasio along with NCR area coordinator Ed Labaco, led the basic leadership capability seminar to selected officials and members of the United Luzon Avenue Federation (ULAF) which would provide the basic organizational know-how that that would empower them in assisting their group in livelihood initiatives and other advocacies.

“Alam nating may kakulangan sila sa basic skills ng pamamahala kaya ito ang una naming itinuturo sa kanila upang magkaroon sila ng kumpiyansa at matulungan din ang kanilang mga sarili para umunlad ang kanilang pamumuhay,” Protasio pointed out.

In earlier speeches, the new administration has seriously expressed its advocacy of lessening if not eliminating poverty through sound economic reforms and empowerment of the citizenry, especially the urban poor who have been overburdened by the economic downturn resulting from the recession brought about by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and other adverse developments. (ai/mtvn)

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