MANILA — In relation to the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP)’s celebration of Urban Poor Solidarity Week (UPSW) on December 7, 2022, the PCUP and the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) are set to sign a memorandum of agreement [MoA] to strengthen its partnership in providing genuine service to the country’s marginalized and underprivileged sectors.
In a zoom meeting held recently, PCUP chairperson Undersecretary Elpidio Jordan Jr. discussed with DoLE workers’ welfare and protection cluster Assistant Secretary Dominique Rubia-Tutay and labor employment officer Erickson Mag-isa pointers on how to expand the partnership between the two agencies and give broader access for urban poor groups to avail of livelihood and employment opportunities.
Under its mandate, PCUP serves as a link to government agencies in its pursuit of fulfilling its responsibility of promoting and protecting the rights of urban poor organizations (UPOs) and communities, including informal settler families (ISFs), and providing to them much need assistance aimed at improving the plight of the poor across the archipelago.
Usec. Jordan, who was assisted in the zoom meeting by his project and policy development unit head Yvelen Moraña and special assistant for internal and external affairs Jimmy Uy, promised that PCUP will stand firm in its mandate to support the pro-poor initiatives and poverty alleviation program of President Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. who has vowed to fast track the country’s economic recovery and bright progress and development not only in urban centers but in the countryside as well.
“We will not leave a single stone unturned in helping our urban poor. Ito ang nais ng ating Pangulo—ang masolusyunan ang kahirapan sa ating bansa sa pamamagitan ng pagbibigay ng oportunidad sa ating mga maralita sa trabaho at kabuhayan,” the PCUP chief-executive-officer pointed out. (ai/mtvn)