QCPD vows to protect rights of urban poor

QCPD vows to protect rights of urban poor

A stark view of what they call the “great divide” (World Bank Group photo courtesy)

CAMP KARINGAL, Quezon City — Representatives of the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP) made a courtesy call to Quezon City Police District chief Brigadier General Nicolas Torre III as part of its commitment to coordinate with all concerned government agencies in fulfilling its mandate to serve and protect the interests of the urban poor.

The courtesy call was initiated by the office of the PCUP’s commissioner for the National Capital Region (NCR) with whom a group of 25 urban poor families from a community in Old Balara sought help due to the constant harassment they were experiencing from armed goons sent by the alleged owners of the property where they are residing.

According to the residents, their community is being patrolled by heavily armed men who have identified themselves as security personnel of the property owners, and as of late, there were occasions when they were harassed and intimidated by them.

In response, the QCPD vowed to be ready to respond in cases of abuse and violation of their rights, including forcible entry into their domicile or infringing on their legal rights without due process.

Torre assured the residents and the PCUP that he will make sure that the rights of the urban poor will not be violated as provided under the law, particularly the Urban Development Housing Act (UDHA). (ai/mtvn)

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