QUEZON CITY, Metro Manila — In a bid to strengthen its partnership with Local Government Units (LGUs) in the National Capital Region (NCR) and Luzon, the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP) is set to host its first LGU Forum on October 25, 2022.
In the said forum, the PCUP is expected to present the agency’s projects for FY 2023 and programs for its upcoming Urban Poor Solidarity Week (UPSW) in December of the current year.
According to PCUP chairperson and chief-executive-officer Undersecretary Elpidio Jordan Jr., the forum will focus on expanding opportunities for the urban poor in partnership with LGUs in the NCR and Luzon which aims to increase awareness of the PCUP’s programs and services that will enable poor urban communities to enhance their accessibility for a better life.
“This is the first time that we will be conducting such an activity and we are hoping for a positive response from our LGUs because they play a big role in the poverty alleviation program of our President Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr.,” Usec. Jordan pointed out.
He added that the forum would likewise help significantly in fulfilling the PCUP’s mandate of serving as a direct link between the government and the urban poor in policy formulation and program implementation.
“Pursuant to Executive Order No. 82, we are mandated to serve as a link of our urban poor to government and as part of the provisions under the EO, our function is to set up a consultative mechanism that would provide continuing dialogue on the proper planning and evaluation of pro-poor programs,” he explained. (ai/mtvn)