A selected urban poor leaders from Caloocan and Navotas gathered together at the Pastoral Building, San Roque Cathedral Compound in Caloocan City last October 25, 2012 to be part of the Forum on Land and Housing Rights spearheaded by the Diocese of Kalookan, Ministry on Urban Poor  headed by Most Rev. Bp, Deogracias S. Iñiguez Jr.

Welcome remarks  was delivered by Rev. Fr. Patrick  P. Hiwatig OP, Priest Minister – Ministry on Urban Poor, Diocese of Caloocan,  followed by inspiring documentary film “Ang Informal Settlers sa Diyosesis ng Kalookan : Noon, Ngayon at Bukas” which showed urban poor struggle during demolition.

“This year takes a new step forward in the journey towards tuwid na landas”, PCUP Chairman Hernani B. Panganiban said, being one of the guest speaker when he talked about the new challenges in the commission with the signing of Executive Order 69.

Other guests includes Ma. Ana Oliveros, Head, Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) Arch. Ma. Teresa Oblipias, Head, DAMANAVA North Sector II, National Housing Authority (NHA), PCI Bernabe Embile, CEPS Philippine National Police (PNP), Emil Obicemia from Caritas Manila,  Irene Tolentino from UST Legal Aid Clinic Department and Alexander Bernadette, Head, Urban Poor Affairs Office (UPAO), Local Government of Caloocan City.

PCUP Area Coordinator Merlina Retardo provided assistance in the identification of urban poor leaders as participants to the forum.

Certainly, working with the Diocese has proven to be essential in community transformation through information dissemination  towards poverty alleviation.


(Merlina Retardo, FOD-NCR, November 2012)


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