The Office of the President, through the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor, will pioneer a three-day information and education campaign on the agency and its projects in Negros Occidental starting tomorrow.
The campaign, titled the “National Government Interventions on Indigents Emancipation,” will be held in Valladolid, Kabankalan City, and EB Magalona tomorrow until Friday
Special Assistant to the President, Christopher ‘Bong’ Go, will discuss health and the establishment of Malasakit Centers, and Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel and former Director General of the Bureau of Corrections Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa - the link of peace and order to the issues of the urban poor and the War on Drugs.
PCUP Chairperson, Noel Felongco, said their purpose is to give information to the people of these three areas because of the observation that PCUP is not known in them. The information dissemination activities are for the people to know the mandates of the PCUP.
He said the PCUP is not only an agency for the urban poor, but also for informal settler families, residents of public and private lands, coastal areas, danger zones, esteros, and even parks and roads.
They have been in activities like this since the establishment of their office in 1986, but this is the first time the agency is focusing on interventions for indigents, he added.
The program is headed by the PCUP in partnership with the Green Urban Poor Alliance, and the participating local government units.
Felongco said the towns and city taking part in the program were chosen based on the population of informal settler families and proximity to urbanized cities.
As for their projects in the province, Felongco said that they have approved an urban port 5-year development plan, that advocates the availability of socialized and affordable housing, development of human capacity, and empowerment of the urban poor.
PCUP also has an ongoing project for the social protection of the urban poor, such as providing them insurances, and their health, education, and economic needs through livelihood and employment opportunities, he added.
The agency also aids the Office of the President in encouraging the public to participate in discussions on Federalism and the anti-illegal drugs and anti-criminality campaign, among others.
“We plan to expand this initiative to Mindanao and eventually to Luzon and the National Capital Region,” Felongco said.
PCUP is appealing to all Negrenses to have a sense of patriotism and to get involved in the affairs of the government.
“Let’s unite ourselves and engage in government projects so the different agencies can positively respond to our needs,” Felongco said.
As mandated by Executive Order 82 of 1986, the PCUP is the direct link of the urban poor to the national government and agencies and local government units in addressing their needs in terms of policy and project implementation.*
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