Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor

Vision, Mission & Objectives


A society where everyone enjoys adequate shelter and food security, a healthy and safe environment, a productive, sustained and freely chosen employment, and full and equal participation in sustainable development.


To fulfill its vision, PCUP vows to:
  • strengthen coordination and monitoring for the speedy implementation of government programs and policies for the urban poor;
  • increase accreditation of legitimate urban poor organizations for purposes of representation and policy formulation; and
  • improve management for a more efficient, effective and ethical operations.


  • To increase the opportunity of the urban poor to access land and housing and other basic services as provided for in RA 7279 or the Urban Development and Housing Act (UDHA)of 1992, Executive Order No. 131, Memorandum Order No. 74, and Executive Order No. 371;
  • To ensure the conduct of just and humane demolition/eviction in accordance with the UDHA and Executive Order No. 152;
  • To provide technical assistance to the agencies tasked to implement Executive Order No. 153;
  • To institutionalize consultative mechanisms to ensure urban poor participation in governance;
  • To facilitate delivery of basic services to the urban poor sector; and
  • To strengthen its coordinative task to effectively oversee and monitor the implementation of urban land reform.

Brief History

Poverty has always been in our midst. Concerted efforts by different sectors barely scratch its surface, hence, it remains a pressing problem.

The influx of migrants from rural to urban areas in the 1960s magnified the worsening situation of the poor, particularly the urban poor. The fear of ejection and violence haunted them as they struggled for their place in society. When their situation worsened during the 1980s, urban poor groups banded together in search of possible solutions to their problems as well as opportunities for consultation on matters that affect them.

On April 10, 1986, a significant number of urban poor marched to Malacañang asking for a moratorium on demolitions. It was then that the Presidential Arm on Urban Poor Affairs (PAUPA) was created. This was subsequently changed to Presidential Committee for the Urban Poor (PCUP) as a result of a National Consultation Workshop by two major urban poor alliances on May 30-June 2, 1986.

The name Presidential Council for the Urban Poor was later adopted in lieu of the Presidential Committee for the Urban Poor.

Finally, on December 8, 1986, the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor was created by President Corazon C. Aquino through Executive Order No. 82 “to serve as a direct link of the urban poor to the government in policy formulation and program implementation addressed to their needs”.

Significant gains were attained but the advent of urbanization lured more people to the metropolis and compounded the problem. Eighteen years later, on September 27, 2004, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, issued Executive Order No. 364, transforming the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) into the Department of Land Reform (DLR) which now includes the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) and the PCUP to take charge of ancestral domain reform and urban land reform, respectively.