MANILA — Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP) chairperson Undersecretary Elpidio Jordan Jr. is expected to discuss the agency’s four (4) main programs that would support President Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. (PBBM)’s national poverty alleviation initiative.
In a statement, the PCUP chief executive officer outlined the programs as the agency’s housing facilitation and linking initiative tagged as (1) ‘Piso Ko, Bahay Mo’, (2) resource mobilization or Lingkod Agapay Maralita (LAM), (3) urban poor data generation and (4) collaboration and partnership program.
Under ‘Piso Ko, Bahay Mo’, Usec. Jordan explained that the initiative for the country’s homeless urban poor families (UPFs), particularly those affected by court-ordered demolition and eviction, encourages participation of the private sector for assistance through the provision of lots where houses may be built with complete amenities for the benefit of UPFs.
“The program recognizes the increasing role that businesses have been playing in local development by going beyond mere corporate social responsibility. In addition, there is also a growing realization that doing business with social impact is possible which is blurring the gap between conventional territories of development players and businesses,” he pointed out.
Lingkod Agapay Maralita, or LAM, on the other hand, is geared towards addressing the economic needs of UPFs by stimulating savings mobilization, which would be implemented in partnership with the private sector.
“LAM aims to build up opportunities for livelihood and employment as well as housing and other concerns of selected communities across the country. The program will serve as the light, so to speak, in building bridges of collaboration,” Usec. Jordan spelled out.
With regards to urban poor data generation, efforts will be made for the PCUP in partnership with local government units (LGUs) to create PCUP Satellite Offices in cities and municipalities in the NCR, Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
“This targets a means of strengthening the PCUP’s intervention in urban poor communities through the establishment of a database that would be useful both for the Commission and the various KLGUs in developing plans, programs, and projects and formulating policies for advocacy in both the local and national levels that would be beneficial to the urban poor,” the PCUP chairperson enthused.
Finally, collaboration and partnership will institutionalize the call for Goodwill Ambassadors Program (GAP) belonging from the business sector, academe, non-government organizations (NGOs), and others, who will promote the PCUP and its programs for the country’s underprivileged and urban poor.
“With our ambassadors sharing our vision of empowering urban poor communities, they will help generate the support the Commission needs and likewise look for other partners who may provide assistance and services aimed at filling the gaps in alleviating the plight of UPFs from poverty and ensure that they will become economically productive as partners in nation building,” Usec. Jordan concluded. (ai/mtvn)