Urban Poor of the Philippines

President Benigno S. Aquino III has issued Executive Order No. 69 further strengthening the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP).

The PCUP is the government agency tasked to coordinate the speedy implementation of government policies and programs for the urban poor.

In a press briefing in Malacañang on Wednesday, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said EO No. 69, which the President signed last March 29, boosted the mandate of the PCUP “to achieve the strict observance of the law and the Ten-Point Covenant of the President with the urban poor.”

Under the EO, the PCUP, which was formerly detailed under the Department of Agrarian Reform, will now operate under the Office of the President.

It is tasked to undertake social preparation activities related to asset reform, human development and basic social services, employment and livelihood and other programs of the government for the urban poor.

The PCUP is further mandated to represent the urban poor in the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), Key Shelter Agencies (KSAs) and in Local Housing Board meetings.

It also joins the HUDCC, Departments of Social Welfare and Development, Justice and Interior and Local Government and the National Anti-Poverty Commission in formulating necessary operational mechanisms and guidelines to ensure strict compliance of the Urban Development and Housing Act (RA 7279).

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