DILIMAN, Quezon City — With the coming of the New Year 2023, Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP) chairperson Undersecretary Elpidio Jordan Jr. has vowed to galvanize the Commission to greater action towards providing the country’s marginalized and underprivileged sectors with more livelihood opportunities that would uplift their plight from poverty.
In his New Year’s message, Usec. Jordan disclosed that aside from fully implementing the agency’s banner programs announced during last December’s celebration of the Urban Poor Solidarity Week (UPSW), the PCUP is now set to initiate livelihood-generating programs and policies that would help the urban poor acquire the dignity of self-sufficiency.
The PCUP chief executive officer underscored the importance of focusing on programs and projects that would support the poverty alleviation program of the Marcos administration which aims to mitigate poverty in the Philippines through the provision of livelihood and employment opportunities to poor Filipinos.
“This is one of the priorities of our beloved President Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Romualdez Bongbong Marcos Jr. who has called on our countrymen to unite in the fight against poverty and in strengthening our economy to address inflation and recession,” he pointed out.
Usec. Jordan likewise lauded Mapanas, Samar mayor Francis John Tejano for his initiative to uplift the lives of his constituents by assisting them in their efforts to create a livelihood for everyone, especially the impoverished families of the province.
Mayor Tejano had recently found a variety of bananas that have a high commercial value and increased demand and with this in mind, he has stressed that the so-called golden bananas could become a potential export commodity when produced as a frozen microwavable banana.
“The golden banana, which is slightly bigger than (a human) thumb, is called by Samareños as ‘podikit’ or ‘Calbiga’. It is a native banana variety endemic to Samar and grows wild just about anywhere on the island. Its firmness and taste would make it the ideal variety for cooking fried ‘turon’,” the mayor said as he described the banana.
In reaction, Usec. Jordan said that it is through initiatives like this that we will be able to triumph over poverty and give a better life to every Filipino family. (ai/mtvn)
File photo of PCUP chairperson Usec. Elpidio Jordan Jr. (Photo supplied by the PCUP Public Information Unit/CHelzy Jane Caspe)