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PCUP chairperson Elpidio Jordan Jr. (in black coat and white shirt) listens as Barangay 181 chairman Bernardo Quiboy (in pink shirt at extreme left) described the situation in Pangarap Village in Caloocan City. (Photo courtesy of the PCUP Public Information Unit)
QUEZON CITY, Metro Manila — Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP) chairperson Elpidio Jordan Jr. has expressed his commitment supporting the new administration’s advocacy of reducing the country’s poverty rate to nine percent by the end of President Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr.’s term in 2028.
In doing so, the newly appointed PCUP chairperson has immediately initiated efforts to intensify the agency’s programs and activities aimed at fulfilling its mandate of promoting the welfare of the urban poor across the country, particularly in the National Capital Region (NCR) and Metro Manila where most of marginalized families have flocked in the hope of finding better opportunities of livelihood.
In this regard, Jordan met recently with representatives of beleaguered residents of Pangarap Village in Caloocan City led by barangay chairman Bernardo Quiboy at his office in Quezon City to discuss the current situation of the informal settler families (ISFs) who have reportedly been experiencing harassment from security personnel sent by property owner Carmel Development Incorporated (CDI).
The discussions were joined by incoming NCR commissioner Rey Galupo who offered to facilitate the speedy resolution of the issue by personally meeting with CDI management and the local police as well as all other stakeholders to ease the prevailing tension between the land owners and ISFs.
Jordan welcomed his commissioner’s offer, saying that Galupo’s initiative could pave the way for a peaceful settlement that would end in a ‘win-win’ situation for all parties concerned.
“Ito ang role namin dito sa PCUP—ang matulungan ang lahat at maresolba ang mga problemang kinakaharap ng ating mga maralitang tagalungsod na kadalasan ay naaagrabyado subalit kasabay nito ay kailangan din nating matiyak na ang lahat ng ating kilos ay alinsunod sa batas dahil ang lahat ay pantay-pantay na may mga karapatan sa ating lipunan,” the PCUP chairperson pointed out in conclusion.