MANILA — Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP) chairperson and chief-executive-officer Undersecretary Elpidio Jordan Jr. has stressed that solving the country’s urban poor concerns would need the participation of all stakeholders, particularly local government units (LGUs) and the private sector.
Speaking before the PCUP’s first-ever LGU Forum held Tuesday (25 Oct 2022) at the Luxent Hotel in Diliman, Quezon City, the top PCUP officer urged representatives of the different local government units in the National Capital Region (NCR) and selected cities and municipalities to join hands with the PCUP in its mandate to protect the rights of the marginalized and underprivileged sectors.
Usec. Jordan likewise reminded them that one of the Marcos administration’s primary advocacies is directed at poverty alleviation and the protection of our less fortunate countrymen against abuse and exploitation, which often happens during the conduct of demolition and eviction operations.
The PCUP undersecretary recalled the conclusive insights from the recently concluded Conference on Just and Humane Demolition and Eviction that showed that in order to succeed in this endeavor, stakeholders must be committed to the policies that protect the underprivileged and also the mandatory assistance that should be given to the urban poor.
Aside from this, Usec. Jordan also presented to the forum the four banner programs he aims to initiate the following year that would support the anti-poverty and pro-poor advocacies of President Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr.
He outlined the four banner programs as housing facilitation and linking initiative tagged as ‘Piso Ko, Bahay Mo’, resource mobilization also known as Lingkod Agapay Maralita (LAM) program, urban poor data generation and 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.
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.
With regards to urban poor data generation, efforts will be made for the PCUP in partnership with local government units (LGUs) to create satellite offices in cities and municipalities in the NCR, Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
Finally, collaboration and partnership will institutionalize the call for goodwill ambassadors belonging to 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. (ai/mtvn)