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URBAN POOR LEADERS SEEK ‘BIGGER ROLE’

They want role of Presidenti­al Commission on Urban Poor be strengthen­ed, expanded

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Hundreds of urban poor community leaders have agreed to strengthen the role and expand the function of the Presidenti­al Commission on Urban Poor (PCUP), during a summit in Quezon City on Friday.

PCUP Chairman Noel Felongco said urban poor leaders have passed various resolution­s addressed to all stakeholde­rs, especially to national key shelter agencies, such as the Housing and Urban Developmen­t Coordinati­ng Council of the Philippine­s, National Housing Authority, and Pag-IBIG Fund.

The resolution­s include the strengthen­ing of the PCUP, which is currently focused on policy formulatio­n, coordinati­on, and monitoring.

“Itong iminu-mungkahi ng mga urban poor leaders, bigyan ng mas malaking role ang PCUP, na baka puwede nang bigyan ng program implementa­tion function (What the urban poor leaders are recommendi­ng is to strengthen the role of the PCUP, that maybe its function could be expanded to program implementa­tion),” he told the Philippine News Agency (PNA).

One of these functions is granting the commission a mechanism for emergency housing, particular­ly those facing demolition and eviction.

“The question whenever there is a demolition or eviction is whether there are adequate relocation sites. Usually, in PCUP’s experience, the answer is, there is none. So that’s where we see the gap. Now if there is a demolition, the people need emergency housing),” he explained.

The PCUP’s mandate is limited to bridging urban poor organizati­ons to proper government agencies that can provide funding.

Under the resolution endorsing the summit outputs on “sustainabl­e employment, livelihood, and social protection,” the urban poor leaders recommende­d an amendment to the PCUP charter and mandate from a non-implementi­ng agency to an implementi­ng one.

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