PCUP chair asks for unity, cooperation in resolving urban poor concerns

PCUP chair asks for unity, cooperation in resolving urban poor concerns

MANILA — Recognizing the enormity of the problem in the conduct of Pre-Demolition Conferences (PDCs) that convene all stakeholders in resolving the issue of informal settlers living in private or government owned land, Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP) chairperson and chief-executive-officer Undersecretary Elpidio Jordan Jr. is urging unity and stronger coordination among government agencies to properly handle the growing concern the plight of the country’s urban poor.

Speaking at the final day of the PCUP-hosted conference on ‘Just and Humane Demolition and Eviction’ held at the Oracle Hotel and Residences in Loyola Heights, Quezon City, the Undersecretary admitted that the issues on PDCs can only be resolved if all those who are concerned join hands and face the problem squarely.

During the two-day conference, stakeholders were able to air the obstacles they encounter with regards to addressing the problem of informal settlers. They likewise identified the factors that have rendered the process inutile in certain aspects.

“Napakalaki ng ating problema ukol sa mga PDC, dahil dito nagkakaroon tayo ng kakulangan tulad ng pagbibigay ng tulong sa ating mga maralitang tagalungsod na kapag ide-demolish na ang mga bahay o i-e-evict na sa kanilang mga tinitirhan ay kailangang mabigyan ng relocation o kaya ay financial assistance,” Usec. Jordan pointed out even as he stressed that the PCUP is only mandated to link the urban poor to the government agency that can help them with their concerns.

“Hindi kaya ito ng iisang ahensya. Alam nating nais ng ating Pangulong Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. na matulungan ang ating mahihirap na kababayan subalit we have to help each other in doing this. Dapat ay magkaisa tayo at magtulungan para malunasan ang usapin ng urban poor at ang kakulangan sa pabahay para sa ating mamamayan,” he added.

In this regard, the PCUP chairperson disclosed his plans to push for the establishment of satellite offices that would move the PCUP closer and more accessible to the people, particularly the marginalized sectors and underprivileged families.

“Mahalaga ito dahil dito rin natin malalaman kung ilan po talaga ang ating urban poor na kailangan nating tulungan. We in the PCUP are actually in the process of determining possibilities of fulfilling our mandate in the most righteous way possible,” he said.

In the end, Usec. Jordan underscored the PCUP’s readiness to serve the Filipino people through the fusion of talents under a leadership of unity and equity.

“Para sa maralitang tagalungsod, we are ready to serve. And to our leaders, we should be guided that leaders are not supposed to create followers but should produce more devoted leaders instead,” he concluded. (ai/mtvn)

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