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Assistance to low-income families is “fair and impartial”: PCUP

According to the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP), government treatment of urban poor families is “fair and impartial.”

In reaction to claims that it is supporting “professional squatters” who allegedly illegally occupied private property in Tanay, Rizal, the PCUP released a statement.

The allegations made by columnists Irwin Corpuz (Police Files Tonight) and Lea Botones (Remate Online) that the PCUP is siding with the “illegal occupiers” in Madilay-dilay village in Tanay, Rizal, were rejected by PCUP chairperson Undersecretary Elpidio Jordan Jr.

Jordan refuted claims that the Tanay local government unit (LGU) and PCUP gave the informal settlers preferential treatment.

The impacted families in Tanay, Rizal were evaluated and classified as “underprivileged and homeless citizens” and “not professional squatters,” Jordan said, adding that the PCUP “would like the public to know that it has complied with all the necessary measures to provide fair and unbiased assistance to its clientele.”

Jordan emphasized that the commission’s programs, projects, and services are in line with the national government’s objective and goal and that, contrary to rumors, the PCUP supports the Marcos administration’s effort to end bureaucracy and corruption in government.

Jordan claimed that the Tanay LGUs’ “non-compliance” with the obligation to give the support required by the Urban Development and Housing Act (UDHA) or Republic Act 7279 has prevented the execution of the writ of destruction for a civil lawsuit impacting about 60 families.

The PCUP held a Pre-Demolition Conference (PDC) for this case on September 30, 2022. The LGU of Tanay, Rizal failed to provide the required support as required by Section 28 of RA 7279 of the UDHA, and as a result, such PDC was terminated on October 28, 2022, he added.

However, on November 14, 2022, the PCUP formally forwarded the civil case and the PDC report to Philippine National Police Regional Office 4-A “for information and guidance,” according to Jordan.

The report also included LGU Tanay’s certification that relocation and/or financial assistance were not available.

He continued, “The Commission functions impartially and makes certain that all of its objectives are realized within the parameters of the Philippine Constitution.

The PCUP will continue helping the urban poor by providing its services “in good faith,” Jordan added.

Through its purpose to directly connect the urban poor to the government with its programs and services, he added, “It thrives on serving the public.”

Prepares for Urban Poor Solidarity Week

Jordan stated that in the interim, PCUP is prepared to organize the annual Urban Poor Solidarity Week (UPSW), which runs from December 2 to December 8.

Jordan noted that various agreements would be made between the PCUP and its partner organizations to improve support to impoverished households, adding that this year’s UPSW celebration is evidence of the government’s strong relationships with the nation’s urban poor.

As the event will be observed simultaneously in the National Capital Region, Luzon, the Visayas, and Mindanao, Jordan predicted that the number of participants in the celebration might approach thousands.

The PCUP is anticipated to introduce its four flagship anti-poverty projects during the week-long event, which will go into effect in 2023. The commission will also honor its LGU partners and urban poor groups (UPOs).

“Ika-36 na taon ng Pinag-ibayong Serbisyo tungo sa Pagbangon ng Maralitang Pilipino: Pusong PBBM, Pusong Pilipino” is the topic of this year’s UPSW.

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