Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor

Urban Poor Solidarity Week 2005

Created through Executive Order No. 82 in 1986, PCUP serves as the direct link of the urban poor to the government in formulating policies and implementing programs which address their needs. PCUP works towards a policy environment more favorable, responsive and relevant to the needs and aspirations of the urban poor and makes efforts to secure the human rights and welfare of the urban poor.

By virtue of Proclamation 367, December 2 to 8 of every year is declared as Urban Poor Solidarity Week (UPSW). This is intended to promote greater understanding of the issues and problems on urban poverty, and to foster unity and dialogue among the urban poor, government agencies and NGOs. PCUP is tasked to take the lead in this undertaking.

The 2005 UPSW - the 18th such celebration - had the theme "Maralitang Tagalungsod: Pasulong sa Matatag na Republika." This theme was anchored on the spirit of oneness and the healing of wounds of divisiveness, and forging ahead to build a strong republic. The activities were focused on recognizing the efforts of the government, the private sector and non- government organizations that extend unwavering support and commitment for the welfare of the urban poor. Their concerted efforts have resulted in creative ways to recognize and utilize the capability of the urban poor such that they will be able to participate in the pursuit to "BEAT THE ODDS" - commonly known as PGMA’s 10-point agenda and the battlecry of her administration.

The celebration had the following objectives:
1. Raise the level of awareness, understanding and appreciation of the marginalized sector to social issues and realities;

2. Recognize the unwavering commitment and concern to the service of the urban poor which is worthy of emulation;

3. Recognize the skills and talents of the urban poor youth through a cultural presentation;

4. Present the accomplishments of PCUP;

5. Conduct consultation and formulate policy initiatives; and

6. Feature the success stories of the urban poor.
And to realize the aforementioned objectives, PCUP held the following activities last December 2005:
1. Awit at Bigkas Pinoy Choral Festival

2. Ulat sa Maralita at Gawad Parangal

3. Handog Sa Kabataang Maralita sa Kalungsuran

4. Ugnayang Maralita Forum Series