In a bid to strengthen its partnership with local government units (LGUs) in the National Capital Region and Luzon, the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP) is set to host its first LGU Forum on Oct. 25 to present its projects for 2023 and programs for its upcoming Urban Poor Solidarity Week in December.
Chairperson and chief executive officer Undersecretary Elpidio Jordan Jr. said the forum shall focus on expanding opportunities for the urban poor in partnership with LGUs in Metro Manila and Luzon aimed at increasing awareness of the PCUP’s programs and services to enable urban poor communities to enhance their accessibility for a better life.
“This is the first time that we will be conducting such an activity and we are hoping for a positive response from our LGUs because they play a big role in the poverty alleviation program of our President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.,” Jordan said.
The forum would also help significantly in the fulfillment of the PCUP’s mandate of serving as a direct link between government and the urban poor in policy formulation and program implementation.
“Pursuant to Executive Order No. 82, we are mandated to serve as a link of our urban poor to government and as part of the provisions under the EO, our function is to set up a consultative mechanism that would provide continuing dialogue on the proper planning and evaluation of pro-poor programs,” Jordan said.